You can wear fake uggs from China? Love dogs? You can’t watch this video—but you can share it up.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Oct 4, 2011
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“Swiss Activist release tape of dogs being Skinned Alive on chinese fur farms for cheap ugg counterfeits – VERY GRAPHIC – NSFW.”

We’ve blogged up this issue many times before, but it bears repeating—since we love to shop, but hate to see where what/who we bought came from.

“Fake Uggs, the kind that come from China, use dog fur…or so I’m told.”

See Reddit for more.

Click here for the NSFW, graphic video.

Warning: Graphic. Just because your boots are pretty doesn’t mean they don’t come from this:


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


19 Responses to “You can wear fake uggs from China? Love dogs? You can’t watch this video—but you can share it up.”

  1. Sara L says:

    People should see this stuff. Having it in their face is sometimes the only way to get the message across. Thanks for posting.

  2. IamTruLuv says:

    I haven't watched the video, but wanted to let everyone know that REAL Uggs are also made in China! They are not made at some cushy Aussie farm or anything. Made in China….

  3. NATASHA says:

    these people and companies are evil. this is horrible :(.

  4. Soulslide says:

    Guys I dont get the title! Because it is dog fur it is awful …but ok with sheep and cows? This is barbarian acts and what is wrong in China is also wrong in Europe or US.
    Try to watch " Meet your Meat" on youtube… you may also consider your plate and next meal differently

  5. elephantjournal says:

    Amen. Many folks still get vintage, feel it's less supply-demand cycle-causing. And many, as you'll see in comments, do neither:

  6. elephantjournal says:

    You bet. Thanks for commenting.

  7. elephantjournal says:

    Difference, whether it's a big one or not is up to each of us: Uggs, as a major multinational corp, is far more targetable/accountable and has to have some standards at its factories, supervisors, inspectors. Of course, doesn't mean it's cruelty-free by any vegan definition (or human definition), but should mean it's nothing so horrific and outlandish and wrong as this. ~ W.

  8. elephantjournal says:

    Yes, and no. It's those of us who buy products without knowing where they're coming from who are ultimately responsible for inspiring companies to serve our desires…as cheaply as possible. ~ W.

  9. elephantjournal says:

    They can, for sure, but aren't generally:

  10. Ren says:

    Wow! I'm feeling the sting – had no idea about mulesing at all. Your comment may have just saved a few sheep hide; I was just about to shop for a winter coat this weekend even. Timing like that is something special.

    Thanks so much for the insight!

  11. catnipkiss says:

    Not into the whole trendz Ugly Ugg thing….. and NO, I couldn,t watch the video. I was told that at markets in China they have dogs in cages to buy for food. "Any animal with its back to the sun" was how it was said to me. No, I couldn,t ever eat DOG, or horse either. So hard to respect other cultures and still love our animals….. yet, I am not vegetarian either. And I wear leather. Where do you draw a line? Maybe I will write about this soon 🙁

  12. ann says:

    this is the sickest thing i have ever seen ,you lot should have been done away with ,you make me sick,

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  14. madelein says:

    dete er så grusåmt vi må redde dyrene

  15. maru says:

    People who do this should be skinned alive themselves.

  16. Ceallaigh says:

    Okay! I’ve just located another article on this topic, three Chinese embassies and their contact information and written a sample letter (mine is going to the Canadian embassy) Here you go:



    UK Chinese Embassy Contact Page:

    Canada Chinese Embassy Web Site and Contacts:
    The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Canada
    515 St. Patrick Street ,Ottawa ,K1N 5H3
    Business hours (visa section):Monday to Friday 9:00-13:00(except for holidays)
    Tel :613 –7893434-232 Fax: 613-7891414

    US Chinese Embassy Web Site and Contacts: Address:3505 International Place, N.W.,
    Washington D.C. 20008, U.S.A.
    E-mail:[email protected]
    Tel:001-202-4952266 Fax:001-202-4952138




    It has come to my attention that cats, dogs and raccoon dogs are being skinned alive for use in China’s fur trade. You may read about the practice at the following link:

    You may watch videos of the practice here:

    This is an extraordinarily cruel practice that reflects poorly on China and Chinese exports. Further, it discourages tourism and trade. Because of these things, and because of the prolonged suffering these animals endure, I urge you to help stop this practice in whatever way you can.

    Thank you for your time and your consideration of my concerns.

    Very Respectfully Yours,

  17. jenine says:

    Exactly. My fabric shoes work just fine, thank you.

  18. cats & dogs says:

    Its such as you read my thoughts! You appear to know so much approximately this, such as you wrote the guide in it or something.
    I think that you can do with some percent to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is great blog.
    A great read. I’ll certainly be back.

  19. Leigh says:

    I don't wear fur or leather, but I think the biggest difference is that sheep and cows are not skinned alive.