A pet cat can live up to 50 years, with its fur growing into a huge head and fur that is so soft it is said to feel like a silk purse.
Read moreRead less The human-furred cat is a rare and endangered species in many parts of the world, with fewer than 300 surviving in the wild.
But it’s a special case in Brazil.
Its fur has been bred for use in cosmetics and has also been used as a means of protecting the skin of animals.
In Brazil, there are only around 10 wild cats left.
Animal activists say they’re being targeted by the authorities for their work, which is undermining the health of animals in Brazil and across the world.
But Brazilian authorities have been trying to stamp out the trade, and have cracked down on some pet owners, banning some of the most popular breeds of cats and banning the trade altogether.
Animal rights group the Animal Justice League (AZIL) says the crackdown has been a huge success.
“This is the first time since Brazil’s independence that we have had a real attempt to stop the fur trade, which has gone on in Brazil for the last 25 years,” says AZIL president Paulo Martins.
“This has resulted in the extinction of millions of species of cats.”
A crackdown on fur tradeThe Brazilian government has banned the importation of fur from all countries, including countries in Africa and Asia.
The Brazilian Congress has also passed a bill that bans the import and sale of fur, and animal welfare groups have said that the ban is part of an effort to stop fur trade and is a result of the country’s anti-puppies law.
But animal rights groups say the laws have been used to crush the trade and are also part of a bigger effort to eradicate the trade.
“They have started the process of destroying a whole community, of the Brazilian people, and that is why we have to be prepared to fight back,” says Martins, who is also an animal rights activist.
“The law is meant to stop all kinds of animal cruelty, but what they have done is to try to eliminate the demand for fur, which makes it harder for us to fight the traffickers.”
Brazil is known for its strong anti-animal rights record, with the death of former president Dilma Rousseff, an animal rights leader and a former police chief who was accused of using a bull terrier as a human shield.
In February, Brazil’s Supreme Court ruled that it would not allow a new law to be introduced to ban fur imports, because it violates the constitutional guarantee of the right to life.
Brazil has also been hit by an outbreak of the coronavirus, which killed hundreds of people and forced more than 1,000 people to leave their homes.
“When we are told to be careful, when we are asked to be vigilant, and we are given the wrong information, the animals are not being cared for properly,” said Alfredo Lambert, an animal welfare activist and president of the Animal Justice Party, a political party based in Sao Paulo.
“It’s a real problem, we can’t let it continue.”
Brazil has made a big push in the past few years to reduce the number of fur-fur exports, and it has increased the use of anti-rabies drugs to stop stray dogs from entering the country.
But there are still people who refuse to buy fur from animal traffickers.
The animals are then killed and buried in a mass grave in the state of São Paulo.
A law has also recently been passed that bans animal abuse in Brazil, including domestic violence, sexual violence, and poaching.
Despite the crackdowns, the animal rights activists say there are no guarantees that the new law will stop the trade in cats.
“If they are going to stop it, it will be in the context of a ban, which means that people will have to come to a point where they don’t have to buy or trade fur,” Lampart says.
“It’s really difficult for the people who have no choice but to accept the products of this trade, to not accept that there are people who are going after them.”
These are the people that need to be held accountable.
“A spokesman for the Brazilian embassy in Washington said that it had not received any complaints from Brazilians about the fur trade.