Continued from page 1

He said current U.S. law contains a glaring loophole that allows garments containing less than $150 in fur to be sold without an identifying label. Consumers “may inadvertently purchase garments that contain real fur, possibly from a dog or cat,” Mr. Moran observed.

“Of the fur-trimmed jackets subjected to mass spectrometry testing by HSUS, 96 percent were found to be domestic dog, wolf or raccoon dog, and either mislabeled or not labeled at all,” Mr. Moran said.

The legislation notes that half of all fur garments entering the United States come from China, where large numbers of domestic dogs and cats are killed every year for their fur. It is illegal to import, export, sell or advertise any domestic dog or cat fur in the United States.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, the total number of fur, fur-trimmed garments and fur accessories sold annually in the United States is estimated to be 3.5 million.

• John McCaslin can be reached at 202/636-3284 or jmccaslin@washingtontimes .com.