Faux fur fears.
What if your faux fur coat wasn't faux after all? What if it
was coyote, or raccoon or even dog! According to the Washington Post,
the Humane Society reported that several big name stores were selling
coats that were trimmed with raccoon dog, an Asian dog that looks like a
raccoon. Although U.S. law prohibits importing dog and cat fur, federal
regulations don't require manufacturers to label the type of fur if
the piece is valued at less than $150. Maryland Delegate Tom Hucker
thinks the rules should be changed to require all manufacturers and
retailers selling fur coats to identify the species and country of
origin on their labels, regardless of value. "A lot of people
I've talked to are shocked to know this is going on," he says.
Massachusetts, New York and Wisconsin already have such labeling laws.
Similar bills have been proposed this year in Delaware and Illinois.