Can dog- or cat fur be sold in the European Union?

Since 1 January 2009 there is a ban on the import for dog- and cat fur. This means that it is prohibited by law to trade or sell dog- and cat fur in the European Union. That is why it illegally enters the EU unlabelled or as Faux / Imitation fur (from here on to be called “Imitation Fur”). This fur is chemically treated, shaved and dyed, to give it an Imitation effect.

What is the origin of dog- and cat fur?

Fur from dogs and cats comes from a number of Asian countries like China, South-Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines and parts of Indonesia.

Imitation fur is much cheaper than real fur, isn’t it?

No, imitation fur is more expensive than the imported dog- and cat fur from Asia.

How do I know if there is dog-or cat fur processed in a product ?

Fur from dogs and cats is hardly ever labeled as such,so you almost always wil be deceived as a consumer.If you buy a piece of clothing in wich fur is used,than look at the label forr the country or origin.Is the product from one of the mentioned Asiatic countries,you could check the (imitation ?) fur on its authenticity by performing the fur test.Unfortunately this method isn't 100 % reliable anymore.

How can I do the fur- or fire test?

WARNING: The fire test is bad for your health due to the gasses that are coming from synthetic fibers and synthetically coated fur. If you want to do the fire test,first,you pull out a couple of hairs from the (imitation ?) fur and take them outside with a match or cigarette lighter.If the hairs smell like burnt hair ,then you're dealing with real fur.If the hairs smell like plastic and if small hard pellets appear at the top of the hairs ,then it's imitation fur.

BUT IT ALSO COULD BE REAL FUR! Unfortunately this fire test isn't 100 % rellable anymore.For it is a fact that dog and cat fur is cheaper then imitation fur there fore the manufactures think of new methods all the time to make us believe that we are dealing with imitation fur.By using teflon and polymeres ,real fur can ,when burnt ,smell like plastic .just like imitation fur.

WHAT CAN YOU DO ? You can do a test under the miccroscope to delemine whether it is hair or really imitation fur. When confronted by stains with a smooth surface it is probably imitation ,but when you see a keratin structure submerged under a synthetic layer then it is most possibly  real fur. Illigal fur from dogs- and cats is colored and shaved before illegally entering the EU, it is almost impossible to see or feel if it is real. That is why it is better to not buy any artificial looking fur anymore, because it could be real dog- or cat fur while being tricked into believing it is Imitation.

Extra warning: In earlier days you could recognize real fur because the under layer was leather. Nowadays the fur is being woven trough cloth material or gauze and makes you fooled in thinking you are buying Imitation fur.

Which articles of Dog and Cat fur are most common?

  • Collars of jackets.
  • Edges of gloves.
  • Edges of shoes, slippers and boots.
  • Toy mice.
  • Lining of coats.
  • Scratch posts for cats.

How do I know whether there is dog- or cat leather being processed in a product?

Just as for furry products, make sure to always look at the label for the origins of the article. Is it from the Asian countries mentioned earlier and the leather is cheaper than you might expect for a leather product, than it is possible that it is leather from a dog or a cat.

Especially dog leather is gaining ground in Europe!

When you see an unlabelled leather article, always ask the seller which country the product is from. Is the article made in one of the mentioned Asian countries then it is better to not buy the product. The chance is largely present that it is dog or cat leather.

If the seller doesn’t know where the leather comes from do not buy it either. Only if the product is labeled cow leather or calf’s skin then you can be sure it is labeled right and is most likely not leather from another animal. Best is not to buy any leather products at all, there are enough materials that are from the same quality, texture and properties as leather but not with animal suffering attached to it.

Which articles of Dog and Cat leather are most common?

  • Car furnish.
  • Shoes.
  • Belts.
  • Handbags.
  • Wallets.
  • Golf gloves.
  • Gardening gloves.
  • Insoles.
  • Medical and Orthopedic products.
  • Chew sticks for dogs
  • Drum skins

How many dogs and cats are the victims of these practices?

Annually there are more than two million dogs and cats skinned alive in Asia.

Which dog and cat races are the most common for fur production?

  • Golden Retriever
  • Labrador
  • German shepherd
  • Scottish Collie
  • Saint Bernard
  • Raccoon dog
  • Grey and red cats

Which animal help organizations can I sponsor to help these animals?

A.A.F Hongkong
KAPS South Korea
IAKA South Korea
KARA South Korea
SCAD Thailand

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The SIAM methode is the only way to track dog- and cat fur.

Since January 1st, 2009 it is illegal to import dog and cat fur. However, the law is hardly ever acted upon and is very often violated. We want to expose people who break the law without using violence.