Popular Chinese online store offering products made from pets

WHAT: Thousands of products made from the skins of cats and dogs are being offered on China’s largest retail website, Taobao, sparking outrage among animal lovers, Agence France-Presse reported. Search results and sales records from Taobao showed the most popular items were trousers and hats made from dog fur, which is touted for its ability to ward off the cold, AFP found after searching the website.

HOW: Animal-rights activists said dealers usually targeted stray animals, selling their skins to fur traders in the country’s east and the meat to restaurants in the south.

WHY IT’S AN OUTRAGE: Animal lovers posted comments on popular social networking website Douban calling for the sales of such products to be banned. “Would those sleeping on a mattress made at the cost of lives feel really happy and comfortable? Isn’t that cruel?” one user said in a comment on a picture of a mattress made from cat fur.

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