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WILDLIFE WELFARE TO BE IMPROVED
Beijing - China will introduce new regulations aimed at improving
the living conditions of animals raised for
the fur industry, a forestry official announced.
"The State Forestry Administration (SFA) has enacted a series of
regulations on wildlife rearing techniques," said Zhuo Rongsheng,
director of the wildlife and plants protection department of the
SFA, at a press conference here on Monday.
Along with new regulations the administration is set to offer
training courses for fur-farming factories.
Some fur-farming factories have been found to rear animals in poor
living conditions and their slaughtering and skinning practices are
also below the authorized standards, according to an official's
A probe into the skinning of raccoons alive found that the practice
was not widespread. Zhuo acknowledged, "Initial investigations found
(skinning a live animal) is bad for fur quality and also decreases
production efficiency, so it is by no means the commonly accepted