WASHINGTON — The Federal Trade Commission has issued a final rule in its review of the Fur Products Name Guide, handing a victory to the fur and retail industry after it rejected a proposal by the Humane Society of the United States and others to change the classification and labeling requirements of a certain type of animal whose fur is widely used in garments.
The HSUS has long been pressing the FTC to change the classification of “Asiatic Raccoon,” which has been on the books since 1961, to “Raccoon Dog.” The HSUS and others argued in FTC filings that the current classification misleads consumers as to a product’s fur content, which they contended is related to a domestic dog, a fact they claimed U.S. consumers might object to wearing.
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