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Clothing items made from the skins of domestic cats are being sold at markets in Victoria, Australia.
Cat lovers in the area are furious over this illegal trade. Patterned cat skin cuffs have been designed to be attached to jackets. Animal rights activists believe cats are being bred locally in “feline factories” for their skins. They use the skins to make attachable cat fur cuffs and collars.
A veterinary surgeon feline specialist confirmed the cuffs, bought from a local market, were cat skin.
A representative for the Animal Liberation Victoria said the group has noticed a rise in pet skin products. She said: “The number of cats being killed and skinned for their fur will shock and appal most Victorians who love their cats.”
Consumer Affairs Victoria said it was unaware of a trade in pet skins.
Source: Herald Sun