S. 1197 Dog and Cat Protection Act of 1999

Sponsor: William V. Roth, Jr. (R-DE)

Purpose: To prohibit the importation of products made with dog and cat fur, to prohibit the sale, manufacture, offer for sale, transportation, and distribution of products made with dog or cat fur in the United States, and for other purposes.

Status: Referred to Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

Action: SUPPORT. Write your senators and ask that they support S. 1197. Tell your senators that current law exempts products with fur valued at less than $150 from any labeling requirement. S. 1197 would allow inspection of goods suspected of containing dog and cat fur, and may impose penalties of up to $25,000 for each violation and criminal penalties of up to one year in jail and additional fines at the discretion of the judge.

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Sample Letter Urging Support of S. 1197

I am writing to urge you to support S. 1197 to ban imports and sales in interstate commerce of products made with dog and cat fur.

The Humane Society of the United States documented the trade in dog and cat fur in a 16-month investigation. The investigators estimated that 2 million dogs and cats are slaughtered, internationally, for their fur every year. They also found that dog and cat fur is dyed and manipulated to resemble fur from wild animals. Therefore, consumers may be unknowingly purchasing dog and cat fur.

Americans consider dogs and cats to be members of their families and find it appalling that these animals are being cruelly slaughtered for their fur. I urge you to support and co-sponsor S. 1197 to help end the slaughter of these 2 million dogs and cats as well as protect American consumers from unknowingly purchasing dog and cat fur.

I look forward to receiving a response from you regarding this important issue.

Sincerely,

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