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20 November 2000 Issue

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From an Associate Press account, selling or making products with dog or cat fur is now a federal crime under a bill signed into law by President Clinton.

Under the new law, selling, making or transporting clothing, toys or other items made with the fur or skins of dogs and cats could bring a maximum $25,000 fine or up to a year in prison.

"This legislation sends a strong message to importers and retailers that sales of dog and cat fur will not be tolerated in the United States,'' said Wayne Pacelle, senior vice president of Humane Society of the United States.

Clinton signed the bill that was introduced last year in Congress by Sen. William V. Roth, R-Del. and Rep. Jerry Kleczka, D-Wis.

There is no evidence that pets are being killed in the United States for their fur, but DNA tests on furs have confirmed that products like gloves, fur linings and insoles for shoes and boots made with dog or cat hair have been sold in this country, the Humane Society said.

An estimated 2 million dogs and cats are killed each year - often in inhumane ways - primarily in China and other Asian countries for the international fur trade.

Buyers of clothing often are unaware that their purchases include dog and cat hair because they are intentionally mislabeled with exotic "fantasy names'' - such as Asian jackal, sobaki, wildcat, goyangi and katzenfelle - to make them more attractive to American consumers, said Richard Swain Jr., the society's vice president for investigative services.

Humane Society investigators also discovered that dog and cat fur sometimes is dyed and processed to resemble fur from other animals.

The law would require that all fur or fur-lined products be labeled accurately, regardless of their cost.

The bill number is H.R. 4868.

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