Buying fur or fur trim supports an industry that kills millions of domestic dogs and cats each year—both on purpose and accidentally in traps.
Although most dog and cat victims of the fur trade are raised and killed in China and other parts of Asia, their fur is exported for sale worldwide.
The United States already bans the sale of dog and cat fur (prompted by an HSUS investigation), but recent investigations found that dog fur is still slipping into the country on unlabeled and falsely advertised jackets.
In the United States, traps set for wild animals like foxes and bobcats maim or kill countless dogs and cats each year.
News & Events
July 18, 2012
An HSUS investigation shows that a New York City business, Unique Product Enterprises, advertised and sold numerous products containing dog fur in apparent violation of federal law.
November 12, 2009
The 2009 Cool vs. Cruel awards celebrated animal-friendly fashion and fur-free designs
September 25, 2009
D.C. Superior Court ordered a false advertising case to proceed against major retailers accused of mislabeling garments containing animal fur.
September 24, 2009
Humane Society International/Canada strongly disputes statements in a Canadian government memo, released by Canadian Press, urging the Agriculture Minister not to follow the U.S. and EU in banning cat and dog fur imports.
October 16, 2013
The city of Bennettsville, S.C., received a $5,000 grant from The Humane Society of the United States to eliminate gas chamber use at the city’s animal shelter. The funds will be used for training staff members and purchasing necessary supplies and equipment for the euthanasia by injection method.
September 10, 2013
Major puppy mill victory: The USDA is cracking down on unlicensed puppy mills. All large-scale breeders that sell dogs and other warm-blooded pets using the Internet, phone, or mail will be licensed and regularly inspected for basic humane care standards.
August 8, 2013
A bill to increase penalties for extreme animal neglect is now law in New Jersey. "Patrick's Law," was named in honor of Patrick, a young dog who endured severe neglect and was found almost starved to death. Patrick's suffering has become emblematic of the need for New Jersey to treat extreme animal neglect with the seriousness it deserves.
July 1, 2013
Kennel owners and operators who commit acts of animal cruelty could be charged with a felony on a first offense, under a bill known as "Nitro's Law" passed by the Ohio legislature.