I recieved the top portion as an email from care 2 act and am just passing the info along to alert others that when buying faux fur you might be getting the real deal. Since I know that can be important to many. The bottom portion is an article I found on it when I 'briefly' looked into it the other day, I just havent had more time to look into it, but will try and follow up and see what is going on with that law soon. I've got a touch of the flu so it may be a few days. If you know anything please share.
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A startling investigation from last year shows that 80 percent of jackets mislabeled as "faux" fur contain raccoon dog fur. But amazingly, the inhumanity that these dogs face does not stop at being beaten and tortured for their fur. Recently, some 1,500 dogs that were bred for their fur have died after eating feed tainted with melamine, the same chemical that contaminated dairy products and sickened tens of thousands of babies in China (read story).
It's horrific that U.S. law has yet to catch up with the realities in the fur industry. As long as killing dogs for their fur is profitable, and consumers are duped into thinking their jackets are "faux" fur, China's breeders will continue to do it. Urge your lawmaker to cosponsor the Dog and Cat Fur Prohibition Act now, and end the cruelty against these innocent dogs
While U.S. law prohibits the import and sale of dog and cat fur products, a legal loophole prevents our laws from protecting raccoon dogs, even though they are true dogs (they are members of the canine family native to the dense woodlands and forests of Asia). Nor does our law require the industry to label products with fur valued under $150.
Please urge Congress to close this loophole and protect animals from this terrible fate today:
Thanks for taking action!
Care2 Campaign Team
Speak Up for Dogs Raised, Poisoned and Tortured For Their Fur!
To kill the raccoon dogs without damaging their fur, trappers usually strangle, beat or stomp the animals to death. These methods are not 100 percent effective and some animals "wake up" while being skinned. We need your help to win federal protection!
here's some more info on it i found the other day when i was looking into it a bit. apperently dealing with it in the usa has been in the works for more then a year though. since last febuary (2007) this is from cnn website
POSTED: 1:12 p.m. EST, February 8, 2007
· Humane Society found 24 of 25 "faux fur" jackets made from dog hair
· Fur is taken from the raccoon dogs native to Asia and Northern Europe
· Jackets sold in major department stores, Humane Society says
· Lawmakers introducing legislation that would ban import of raccoon dog fur
CNN Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Many fur or fur-trimmed jackets sold in the United States as having "faux fur" -- or not labeled at all -- are actually made, at least in part, from dog fur, the Humane Society of the United States said at a Capitol Hill news conference Wednesday.
Out of 25 jackets that it tested, the group said, 24 were incorrectly labeled. In many cases, it said, tests showed the fur came from raccoon dogs, a fox-like nocturnal residents of Asian and northern European forests that bear a remarkable resemblance to raccoons.
Raccoon dogs are part of the canine family.
It said it had bought the jackets in the United States from a variety of department stores, including Macy's, Burlington Coat Factory and J.C. Penney. Designers and brands included Sean John, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger, it said. Most of the jackets tested were labeled as coming from China. (Watch Humane Society spokesman explain where the fur comes from )
Law prohibits the import or sale of dog and cat fur products. But if the amount of fur on a product is valued at less than $150, no label is required.
Lawmakers move to ban imports
Rep. Jim Moran, D-Virginia, said consumers are being duped into buying garments that are trimmed with fur but are mislabeled as faux fur or not labeled at all.
Moran said he and Rep. Mike Ferguson, R-New Jersey, plan to continue their efforts to plug the loopholes that allow such products, in part by adding the raccoon dog to the list of outlawed furs and requiring all products to be labeled, regardless of value.
The two representatives said they have reintroduced legislation they first put forward during the last session of Congress.
The Humane Society said that it is in discussion with many of the department stores that sold the garments it tested, and several had pulled such products from their stores when shown the group's findings.
In a statement posted on its Web site, the Humane Society said its ongoing investigation into fur products found:
- Dog fur sold online as "faux" by several major retailers.
- Raccoon dog fur on coats sold online as having raccoon or rabbit fur.
- Mislabeled or unidentified raccoon fur on other jackets.
and here's a clip from fox news with the humane society spokesperson talking about it
Edited by kaymmiv - Mon, 3 Nov 2008 07:07:59 UTC