I'm passionate about this topic, since I used to be an admin for a FB group that detailed the atrocities of what dogs (and cats) go through in China (and some eastern block countries). I have seen some absolutely abominable footage of dogs being killed (skinned of their coats) whilst still alive. Some of you may ask, why I could possibly watch that kind of stuff... but I had to make myself aware of this issue. The fact is, dogs & cats are deemed "livestock" in China. They are of no special value, and completely bred & killed for fashion & food. They are considered dirty scavengers, and the more they suffer in death, the more flavourful the meat. Twisted!...is my thought actually. It is completely a cultural thing unfortunately + an animal rights issue (nope...I'm not talking PETA stuff here, but close...since PETA gets pretty lit up by this kind of thing). But sadly, China doesn't even have human rights, so to expect animal rights, they are completely daft. Consider the dog culls they have. They'll randomly pick dogs right off a leash and bludgeon them to death (due the country's "height" restriction on dogs). That picture at the beginning of the thread is absolutely gut-wrenchingly disgusting. I've also seen pictures of puppy pelts sewn together, to make a rug. Can anyone imagine that shit?!?!
I can only hope, that younger generations of Chinese people get the memo, that this is a sick & disgusting practice.