Today the San Diego Humane Society and PETA rescued 420 chinchillas from a chinchilla breeding facility/fur farm!
This ranch sold chinchillas as pets, but the ones who were not sold were electrocuted and skinned for their pelts. Thanks to PETA’s undercover investigation, this ranch is shut down for good! The rescued chinchillas who are deemed healthy will be put up for adoption.
Remember to ONLY ever buy from reputable breeders/rescues and to NEVER buy fur!
(warning: the video in the link is graphic and upsetting)
While I don’t personally endorse fur as a fashion statement, and without a doubt it’s sad what was happening to these chins… Isn’t this theft?
I mean the farm wasn’t doing anything illegal. Other articles about it specifically point this out. All they say is that “The methodology should be illegal” but admits that it isn’t.
So the humane society trespassed into private property, stole a bunch of animals, and is being patted on the back for it. Seriously, no matter how adorable chins are, and how much you don’t like the fur trade, what you are doing is illegal!
I saw your comment and thought I should clarify. This operation was 100% legal. It is not trespassing if the owners invite you onto the property and personally show you around. They did not steal the animals - the business was purchased with money donated from Simpsons co-creator Sam Simon (the article I linked to left out this information). So, legally the business was theirs to close.
You are correct, “cruel practices” aren’t illegal. But to quote the HSUS, “We must prevent cruelty to millions caught up in factory farms, animal-testing labs, puppy mills, animal fighting rings, the wildlife trade, and so many other settings. These are the greatest crises that animals face worldwide. That’s why [we] drive transformational change—bringing a wide set of tools to take on the biggest fights, confronting multi-billion dollar industries, and staying the course until reform is realized.” The only way to make these cruel and inhumane practices illegal is through these kinds of operations!