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From Animals in Print 24 November 2000 Issue:

Say NO to V.O. "rabbit" Fur Cat Toys

Many pet stores, veterinary offices and others who sell cat toys, sell products manufactured or imported by Vo-Toys of Harrison, New Jersey.

Most of the "rabbit" fur toys on pet store shelves (at least in Seattle) come from this company.

Labelling on the packages indicates that the fur is only from rabbits who were otherwise totally consumed for food. The packages also indicate that the fur products are made in CHINA.

There is a STRONG possibility that these products are made from domestic dog or cat fur. In any event, Vo-Toys cannot categorically deny this, since much fur from China is mislabelled.

1) Please contact Vo-Toys and ask them to discontinue this line of products. (contact info below)

2) Please talk to your local pet store owner, veterinarian, department store representative, and ask them NOT to sell items made from rabbit or any other fur. Ask thenm to contact V0-Toys or their supplier.

3) Long shot: Contact the FBI, US Customs or local police to report possible illegal sales of dog and cat fur at your local pet store. Cite recent federal legislation making the import or sale of these items illegal. Contact HSUS for an information packet regarding illegal sales of dog and cat fur in US and forward these materials to your law enforcement agency. Demand that the store owner present proof of origin (not simply packaging material claims). Demand DNA testing of shelf products to determine origin.

Vo-Toys sells many other pet products and need not continue to sell these fur items to stay in business.

Enough complaints from merchants and legal challenges and they will discontinue these products. Let's make it happen!


Contact info below:

The Vo-toys, Inc. (corporate office)
400 South Fifth Street,
Harrison, New Jersey 07029

Karen Rugar - Customer Service 
800-272-0088   (fur mice)

Other company contacts:
  Annie Cummings
  Bernice Canter
  Karen Rugar
  John Malanga
  Linda Hernandez
  Maria Santos
  Patti McKenna
  Holly Young
  Gary Hirschberg
  Arthur Hirschberg
  Sharon Morgan
  Suqi Gu
  Larry Cobb
  Lee Scoville
  Gary Jacobs
  Paula Zerdes
  Eileen Eubanks
  Joe Wade
  Judy Maves Snodgrass
  Tim Taft
  Chris Mott

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