Rabbit-shaped bag charms in Singapore are gaining popularity, but these popular charms hide an ugly truth: the charms are made of real fur, said the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).
The SPCA have tested the “rabbit bag chains” and have concluded that the fur was real based on its feel, look and microscopic examination. Unfortunately, they are still unable to identify the species of animals the fur came from.
The examinations started after the public reported seeing the product in retail shops, and after the different sellers claimed that the fur was real.
“Fur is often obtained with much animal suffering and in Singapore, there is simply no excuse to wear fur, even as an accessory”, SPCA said.
The SPCA are encouraging consumers not to buy these products or encourage others to. They are currently raising awareness on this issue to get more people to support the idea and refuse to accept the extreme cruelty to animals.
“We are also reaching out to the sellers to encourage them to not bring in products made from real animal fur. If the buying stops, the suffering will too.” added the SPCA.
How to tell the difference:
|Fake Fur||Real Fur|
|Feels||coarse||smooth, soft and easily rolls between fingers|
|Looks||has a simple structure, even colors and fur lengths||are in several layers of thin hairs with uneven lengths that form a dense under-wool|
|Pin test: push a pin through the base||the pins goes through easily||the leather is hard to penetrate|
|Burn test: pull a few hairs and hold them to a flame||smells like plastic||smells like human hair|
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