Recent investigations over the past few weeks by Humane Society International (HSI) have uncovered several clothing retail outlets, including major national department stores, selling items containing dog fur.
- The death toll is conservatively estimated to be in the range of two million dogs and cats killed annually for their fur. Usually, 10 to 12 dogs and 24 cats are killed to manufacture one coat – more if puppies or kittens are used.
- The public response to our 2003 investigation was overwhelming, attracting by far the biggest outcry of all the animal causes HSI has ever championed. Australian consumers certainly don’t want to buy dog and cat fur and most Australian retailers do not want to be at risk of selling it. The then Minister for Customs received an unprecedented 10,000 direct representations on the issue and over 100,000 Australians signed the petition to the Prime Minister, one of the largest petitions ever to the Australian Parliament.
- The fur industry deliberately misleads consumers about product composition. A dog product may be sold as Gae-wolf, Sobaki, Raccoon and Asian Jackal among many others. Cat products are often sold as Wildcat, Goyangi and Katzenfelle to name only a few.
Sign HSI 2012 Fur Free Supporter Pledge which states that you will not to buy or wear real fur and believe that the fur trade is unjustified and has to stop - click here.
Write to or send an email to the Australian Government using the contact information below:
- The Hon Julia Gillard MP, Prime Minister, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600
- The Hon Jason Clare MP, Minister for Justice and Minister for Home Affairs, PO Box 6022, House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600. Email: Jason.Clare.MP@aph.gov.au
- The Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Minister for Health, PO Box 6022, House of Representatives, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600. Email: Minister.Plibersek@health.gov.au
In your correspondence you may wish to include the following points:
- Ask that they direct Customs to properly enforce the law banning cat and dog fur imports into Australia.
- Ask Government to enact legislation to ensure ‘truth in labelling’, making it mandatory to identify the species and country of origin for all fur products.
- Suggest they make retailers aware there is evidence of illegal and hazardous dog fur products on sale in Australia.
The only way to prevent such unimaginable cruelty is never to wear any fur
Can you guess how many fur products test positive for cat? You’ll be amazed. Fur is not only cruel; it’s deceptive too. Help get cat & dog (and all) fur out of Australia!
In 2004 Australia banned the import of fur from dogs and cats. However, tests by Humane Society International in February 2011 showed that dog fur items could still be bought in Australia. And a broader investigation in May has shown that this was not just an isolated incident.
Imported dog and cat fur products are often deliberately mislabeled as ‘rabbit’, ‘fox’ or ‘raccoon dog’ in an attempt to escape import bans in Australia, the EU and US. The bans are virtually impossible to police because of the difficulty of distinguishing between cat or dog fur and fur from other animals that can legally be imported.
Get dog fur (and all fur) products out of Australia!
- Australia: 2012 FUR FREE RETAILERS (careforchineseanimals.net)
- Hsi Invites Retailers to Sign ‘Fur Free Pledge’ in an Effort to Stop Intolerable Cruelty, Fur Good (careforchineseanimals.net)