Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
Dennis J. Kucinich
10th District, Ohio

March 3, 2000

{Inside Address}

Dear Ms. Dennison:

Because of your interest in animal protection issues, I wanted to provide you with a legislative update.

I am a strong supporter and primary cosponsor of H.R. 1622, the Dog and Cat Protection Act of 1999. This bill prohibits the import, export or sale of dog and cat fur in the United States. Investigators with the Humane Society of the United States made a shocking discovery that dog and cat fur is widely used overseas in a variety of garments such as coats, hats and gloves and has begun to surface int eh U.S. market, mostly as trim on coats and animal figurines. It is estimated that two million dogs and cats are brutally killed each year as part of the international fur trade.

This bill also requires the labeling of all fur products, regardless of price. Current federal law does not require fur valued under $150 to be labeled witht he fur species. Dog and cat fur products are often at the low end of the market. It is virtually impossible to tell the difference between dyed dog and cat fur from other furs. The only foolproof method to determine the species is through DNA testing. This bill has been referred tot he Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protection.

Like you, I believe we must work to end animal cruelty. All living creatures deserve humane treatment. Please be assured that I will work with my Colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass this important animal protection legislation.

Please do not hesitate to contact me about issues that are important to you.


Signed: Dennis J. Kucinich

Dennis J. Kucinich
Member of Congress

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