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Letter from Beijing: Animal cruelty is rife in China—but things are changing

By Helen Gao  

The angora rabbit, with its front legs tied to a bench, squirmed as a farm worker laid his hand on its white fur. It shrieked when the worker began to rip off its fur by the handful, exposing large patches of pink skin beneath.

The gruesome video, taken by US-based animal rights group Peta at a rabbit farm in northeastern China, enraged animal rights activists worldwide when it appeared online in November. In Britain, retailers such as Primark and Topshop halted orders of angora wool products from China.

The video also had an impact inside China, where animal welfare is…

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