For Immediate Release:
20 September 2018
PETA Asia Investigation Reveals That Badgers Were Illegally Taken From the Wild, Violently Killed on Chinese Badger-Hair Farms
Sydney – A horrifying PETA Asia video exposé of China’s badger-brush industry has revealed that “protected” badgers are illegally hunted and killed in the wild using snares and other cruel methods or captured and then confined to small cages on farms before being violently killed for paint, makeup, and shaving brushes sold around the world.
PETA Asia’s investigation – which is the first of its kind and encompasses Chinese badger-hair farms and live markets visited in 2017 and 2018 – shows workers beating crying badgers on the head with anything they can find, including a chair leg, before slitting their throats. The group documented that one badger continued to move for a full minute after his or her throat was cut and that another was missing a foot, which the farm owner attributed to a fight with another badger caged nearby. Badgers on the farms were confined to tiny wire cages exposed to the elements, and the stressful conditions often led to injuries and severe psychological disorders.
“Gentle badgers were beaten with crude instruments, cut open, and left to die, all for badger-hair make-up and shaving brushes,” says PETA spokesperson Emily Rice. “PETA is calling on companies and consumers alike to reject these hideous blood brushes and embrace animal-free ones that no one had to suffer and die for.”
PETA – whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” – 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.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.au.