Today's Chinese New Year marks the start of the Chinese Year of the Dragon, but many real-life "dragons" have no reason to celebrate. Around the globe, alligators, lizards, crocodiles, and snakes are being painfully stripped of their skin—often while still alive—to fuel the exotic-skins trade.
PETA is leading the global fight to save these and all animals from exploitation, suffering, and abuse. Won't you help strengthen our lifesaving work for animals this year by becoming PETA's newest member right now? (https://secure.peta.org/site/Donation2?df_id=7002&7002.donation=form1&set.custom.Campaign_Code=I12AWQXXXXK&s_src=CAUSES&s_subsrc=012312&utm_campaign=NMD&utm_source=Causes&utm_medium=PETA%20Email)
We're looking for 2,012 new card-carrying PETA members by the end of this month, and we're still 900 members away from our goal. A generous PETA supporter has agreed to donate $10 for every new member who joins during this special drive, meaning that your membership will go even further to help animals in the new year.
While you may be most familiar with the misery of animals (http://www.youtube.com/user/officialpeta#p/search/0/JI0UrDOTFD0) slaughtered for their fur, every snakeskin handbag, every alligator wallet, and every other product made from exotic-animal skin sold to consumers is the result of horrific suffering.
Alligators are often kept in filthy, crowded tanks on farms before being clubbed and skinned alive. A PETA investigation of an alligator farm documented gruesome slaughter methods, including cutting through an animal's spinal column with a chisel. Animals slaughtered this way can take up to two agonizing hours to die.
Snakes are routinely pulled from their homes and nailed to trees before being skinned alive and tossed onto a pile to die. They can suffer for days before succumbing to shock or dehydration.
From rabbits to alligators and from foxes to snakes, every day countless individual animals are trapped, beaten, and painfully skinned alive in the name of fashion. Regardless of who is behind the abuse, the reality is that if you love and cherish animals, you can't stand idly by while they are mistreated. Your heart tells you to act. And that's why I hope your heart is telling you to become PETA's newest member right now. (https://secure.peta.org/site/Donation2?df_id=7002&7002.donation=form1&set.custom.Campaign_Code=I12AWQXXXXK&s_src=CAUSES&s_subsrc=012312&utm_campaign=NMD&utm_source=Causes&utm_medium=PETA%20Email)
Animals urgently need your support.
Ingrid E. Newkirk