My first station of a long and exciting research journey.
During my 3 week stay in China one of the locals took me to the biggest fabric and fur market in and around Beijing. The offered goods were uncountable: finest fabrics, haberdasheries but also cheap fake fur, high-quality fur imitations as well as real fur. Especially the ‘fur streets’ seemed endless. Fox, racoon, badger, mink, wolf, rabbit and even cat or dog fur was presented; a broad range that shows that there are hardly regulations when it comes to animal fur in China.
Being helped by a Chinese friend I started to speak with some vendors and found out that fur from a German shepherd dog costs around 60 Euros; fur from a kangal around 40 Euros.
In comparison to China, the import of cat and dog fur to EU countries is completely forbidden. Unfortunately, there are still situations where this type of fur indirectly comes to Europe –also to Germany. Uncertainty about fur characteristics is mainly the reason. Genetic tests are often the only techniques to guarantee the original source in these cases.
Although I felt the complete opposite I had to smile in this picture to not upset the vendor of the stall.
After I had spent a few hours at the market I was sure that I am on the right way with my project. Furthermore, I was even more motivated to work against the suffering of animals.