For Immediate Release:
15 August 2019

Footage Revealed That Badgers Were Illegally Taken From the Wild, Violently Killed on Chinese Badger-Hair Farms

Sydney – One of Australia and New Zealand’s biggest online stores, Fishpond, has removed all listings with badger hair from its websites and third-party suppliers after a PETA video exposé of China’s badger-brush industry revealed that “protected” badgers are illegally hunted in the wild using snares and other cruel methods.

The graphic footage shows that these badgers as well as others who were bred in captivity are confined to small cages on farms before being violently killed for paint, make-up, and shaving brushes, prompting dozens of global retailers to ban the cruelly obtained material.

In a letter to PETA, a Fishpond representative stated, “[We] can confirm we have deleted all these listings across all Fishpond, Worldfront, and all the other marketplaces that we have a presence in, like Amazon and eBay. We are glad we were made aware of the plight of the badgers and are committed to help in stamping it [items made with badger hair] out.”

“Gentle badgers are beaten with crude instruments, their throats are cut, and they’re left to die, all for make-up and shaving brushes,” says PETA Outreach and Partnerships Manager Emily Rice. “Fishpond’s decisive action in rejecting these hideous blood brushes is sure to influence other companies to follow its compassionate lead.”

PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” and which opposes speciesism, a human-supremacist worldview– notes that brushes made with soft and luxurious synthetic bristles are widely available, cruelty-free, and in many ways superior to their animal-hair counterparts.

Fishpond, which has an online pool of over 25 million products sourced from all over the world, is one of numerous companies worldwide – including Floris London, Priceline, Procter & Gamble, and Penhaligon’s – that have agreed to stop selling badger-hair products.

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