The Raccoon Dog - Tanuki
Domestic dogs and raccoon dogs are killed in brutal ways
for their fur in China. The raccoon dog is a wild member of the dog (Canidae)
family with markings resembling those of a raccoon. They are known to
be skinned alive for their fur in China,
where they are caged and killed in large numbers. Clothing with fur
trim from Raccoon dogs has shown up in U.S. stores.
The Humane Society of the United States filed a legal
petition with the Federal Trade Commission seeking to enforce the
Products Labeling Act against 14 major retailers and designers
concerning false advertising and false labeling of fur garments.
In response to the investigation, many retailers
and designers took
positive action to put customers and animals first, but a disappointing
number did not.
ACTIONS TAKEN BY
RESPONSIBLE DESIGNERS AND RETAILERS
(Some took action beyond what is listed)
Will go fur-free within a year
Pulled garments and indicated they will not use raccoon dog fur in
Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter's Rocawear
Sean "Diddy" Combs' Sean Jean
Endorsing H.R. 891, the Dog and Cat Fur Prohibition Enforcement Act
Burlington Coat Factory
House of Dereon
Will stop using raccoon dog fur
Informed customers, offered returns
Recalled garments from retailers
DESIGNERS THAT HAVE NOT TAKEN APPROPRIATE ACTION TO PROTECT CONSUMERS
Lord & Taylor
Macy's (Federated Department Stores)
Raccoon Dog's Plea
We are not from your country, the U S of A
but we have something important we need to say
Much of the clothing you buy bears our fur as trim
for coyotes, wolves, and other dogs, too, it is grim
Some of the labels say the trim is faux fur
but often without testing you cannot be sure
For there on the collar may be our fur and skin
or that of the other Canidae, who are our kin
Our once huge numbers are now being thinned . . .
Did you know many of us are alive when skinned?
We are caged in large numbers--killed in brutal ways.
But if you speak up for us, we will have our say
Will you protect us, unveil the ugly truth for all to see?
Will you help us to have a future where we are free...
Copyright 2007 Kathy Pippig Harris
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