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Paris Hilton horrified by animal skinning trade

Paris Hilton has urged her fans to avoid buying bogus Ugg boots after learning raccoon dogs in China are skinned alive for the lining.

The animal-loving reality TV star was stunned to discover just how fake Uggs are manufactured - replacing animal pelts with sheepskin.

In a tweet to fans, Hilton has directed them to a website featuring footage of the cruel practice involving raccoon dogs, and she's calling on her online followers to boycott the trade.

She writes, "This is so sad & disgusting. I don't know how someone could do this to an animal. Don't buy fake Ugg boots."