I’ve covered this story before on the blog but here’s the most recent information from CNN.com. Now is the time to let Representatives Moran and Ferguson know you support their efforts to stop this horrendous practice!
Thanks to Anne M., furmom to new Dogster Spencer, for barking this in!
Humane Society: ‘Faux fur’ often animal hair
From Sally Holland
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.
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.