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Support Accurate Fur Labeling Laws | March 17, 2008

We know that none of you, dear readers, are the type to support the vile and disgusting fur trade.  However, there are lots of other morons in the world who think that fur is an acceptable part of their wardrobe.  Others, perhaps in an attempt to be more compassionate, will buy items lined with what they presume is fake fur since it isn’t labeled.  What they don’t realize is that in many cases, fur listed as “faux” on labels is in many cases real. 

A Humane Society study of popular clothing lines “found raccoon dog fur on 80 percent of a nationwide sample of fur-trimmed jackets purchased from well-known retailers and designers. Of the raccoon dog fur jackets tested, not a single one properly identified the animal in advertising or labeling, instead calling it such things as faux fur, raccoon, or simply not labeling it at all.” 

Since then, New York has enacted legislation that requires all companies to accurately label clothing items containing real or fake fur.  This allows consumers to make educated decisions and avoid cruelty for fashion’s sake. 

What can you do to help?  Contact your Representatives and ask them to support the Dog and Cat Fur Prohibition Enforcement Act of 2007 (H.R. 891).  Click here to find out how. 

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Hello - we are Jenny and Ryan, a couple living in Brooklyn, New York. We are both busy with school and work but try to take time to do something every day to make the world a better place for animals. Occasionally we may link to outside websites for additional resources, but we do not necessarily endorse all policies of these organizations. Despite the title of our blog, the focus is not only on walruses. So what's with the title? We named this blog after our cat, Wally, aka The Walrus. We are the proud parents of two cats (Wally and Tito) and one dog (Luigi).

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