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SHANGHAI — Thousands of products made from the skins of cats and dogs are being offered on China’s largest retail website Taobao, sparking outrage among animal lovers, state media reported Tuesday.

Search results and sales records from Taobao showed the most popular items were trousers and hats made from dog fur, which is touted for its ability to ward off the cold, AFP found after searching the website.

One seller with the username “sjz2ys” boasted that all the cat skin products available in his online store were authentic, though he had only sold one item — a waistcoat — in the past month, the Shanghai Daily said.

Animal rights activists said dealers usually targeted stray animals, selling their skins to fur traders in the country’s east and the meat to restaurants in the south.

“We have volunteers to protect the animals but their efforts are not enough as the government’s supervision is inadequate,” Zhai Yining, an official with the China Small Animal Protection Association, was quoted saying.

Animal lovers posted comments on popular social networking site Douban calling for the sales of such products to be banned.

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“Would those sleeping on a mattress made at the cost of lives feel really happy and comfortable? Isn’t that cruel?” one web user said in a comment on a picture of a mattress made from cat fur.

According to rules published by Taobao, online stores caught selling cat or dog meat, furs and fur products would be punished by having their rating points reduced, which could hurt their popularity.

But an unnamed official with Alibaba, the operator of Taobao.com, said website inspectors charged with deleting irregular information were overwhelmed by the number of sellers publishing product details.

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Donald Trump: ‘My life has always been a fight’

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The full interview with President Donald Trump finally aired on ABC Sunday, revealing the shocking way that he views his life.

Trump lamented that he's had such a hard life, as the son of multi-millionaires who paid to get him out of trouble multiple times.

"You're a fighter. You, you, it feels like you're in a constant kind of churn--" host George Stephanopoulos began.

"Yeah, uh, my life has always been a fight," Trump said. "And I enjoy that I guess, I don't know if I enjoy it or not, I guess -- sometimes I have false fights like the Russian witch hunt. That's a false fight. That's a made-up, uh, hoax. And I had to fight that."

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The right-wing scored more in years of Trump than eight years of George W. Bush: report

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President George W. Bush oversaw eight years that restricted rights, banned LGBTQ equality, appointed anti-choice judges and so much more. But under Donald Trump's presidency, social conservatives have managed to roll back any progress made by President Barack Obama's leadership.

A new Axios report listed out any anti-LGBTQ, anti-women and anti-poor policies.

“He campaigned saying that he would be a good friend to LGBT people,” James Esseks, director of the ACLU’s LGBT and HIV Project, told VOX. "Actions speak far louder than words. And what he's done has been a wreck."

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Pete Buttigieg says ‘statistically’ we’ve already had a gay president — meet President James Buchanan

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In an interview with Axios, Mayor Pete Buttigieg said that "statistically" it makes sense that out of the 45 presidents in American history, one of them was LGBT. Statistics aside, the reality is that former President James Buchanan has prompted historians to question.

The moment came when the Axios HBO show questioned what the young mayor would do when he's attacked for being "too gay."

"Republicans claimed that John Kerry was a traitor in Vietnam. That Barack Obama was a Muslim. If you were to win the nomination, they'll say you're too young, too liberal, too gay to be commander-in-chief. You are young. You are a liberal. You are gay. How will you respond?" asked Mike Allen.

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