The Swiss Animal Protection Agency has released a harrowing report that chronicles the Chinese fur trade, which produces approximately 85 percent of the world's fur products and whose animal treatment is almost completely unregulated. Although the practices employed - beating animals with a metal or wooden stick or swinging the animal until it slams to the ground, then skinning it alive - are horrifying, SAPA spokesman Mark Rissi said that fur producers had no qualms about opening their farms to the organization: "As animals are considered objects in China, there is little or no awareness for the suffering of these sentient beings," he said, essentially describing a stark cultural divide, and adding that "the cruelty found was beyond our expectations, and it was hard to document without interfering. It caused nightmares to the team." (Warning: the descriptions and videos are very graphic. Possibly NSFW - certainly upsetting.) [World Net Daily]