Asian Wolf or Wolf of Asia
KouPi or Koupee
Mountain Goat Skin
Sakhon or Nakon lamb
Sobaki or Sobaski
All of the above are terms used to disguise DOMESTIC DOG fur.
Asian Cat or Asian Wild Cat
Lipi or Lippi Cat
Maopi or Moupi
Chinchilla Rex, Foxaline, Chinchillette, Erminette, Korean Mink, Orylag = Rabbit
Blacktail, Feh, Sobalsky, Telentka, Teleutka = Squirrel
Zobelkanin = Hamster
Lipi (or Lippi) Cat Fur
Lippi cat is spotted fur that mimics leopard or has ocelot-like patterns of yellow & brown stripes. With top name designers selling it as well as ritzy department stores, one would think it’s legit. But look up ‘lippi cat’ and you’ll discover no such animal exists. It’s only a pseudonym used to dupe unwary buyers. The disturbing truth is that Lipi cat fur comes from common house cats. Domestic breeds such as the Bengal, Egyptian Mau, Ocicat and ordinary mackerel tabbies are slaughtered for their spotted pelts, then sold under the phony name of Lippi or Lipi Cat fur.
If made in China, Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia, garments labeled as having any type of canine fur are likely to be German Shepard fur. Because of their size and similarity to wolves or coyotes, Shepards & shepard-mix dogs are primary targets for Asian fur suppliers. Though all types of dogs are being killed for fur, the wolf-like and long-haired breeds (Malamute, Husky, Alsatian, Chow, Samoyed, Collie, etc.) are mainly used because they yield large pelts and the fur passes for coyote, wolf or fox without being color dyed or treated.
Buyers cannot be assured their garments don’t contain pet animal products just by avoiding spotted cat furs or wolf-type furs. With cats, their fur is used almost generically in everything from jackets to bedspreads. Though naturally patterned felines are most prized, Asian fur makers breed or trap cats of all kinds and colors. Just like rabbit, cat fur is easily dyed to any color or pattern and can be passed off as many other kinds of fur. Short-haired dog breeds aren’t safe either as they’re also bred and killed in huge numbers; used not for fur, but as a substitute for cowhide. Dog pelts are sold by the pallet load in China because they’re far less costly to produce than leather from cattle. And these animal products suppliers don’t stop at the dogs & cats they raise, because there’s a plentiful supply of pets to be had on the streets and taken from homes. Animal cruelty investigators have documented evidence of dogs with collars being slaughtered, meaning they once had a home and were someone’s beloved pet.
DNA tests on garments labeled as containing synthetic fur have revealed an appalling truth: dog & cat fur is being substituted for fake fur. Why would any clothing maker sew real fur onto a coat instead of synthetic fur?- because pet fur is actually cheaper. As oil prices have soared, so has the cost of artificial fur, often costing $20-50 per yard. So Asian clothing makers secretly use dog and cat pelts which cost only a fraction of the price of manmade fur.
~ Never buy Asian-made fur garments ~
As many are now avoiding potentially dangerous Chinese-made products, shoppers should make extra effort to shun fur goods produced in Asian nations. China is the main culprit behind dog and cat fur, accounting for 60% of all imported furs, but other countries are equally suspect. Clothing originating in Hong Kong, the Philippines, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand and more should be avoided. Comprehensive laws outlawing dog & cat fur are not yet in effect in Europe or the UK, so only ranched furs labeled as originating in and manufactured in the United States & Canada are a safe choice.
~ Be informed, be vigilant and be vocal ~
Animal welfare organizations have long known about the domestic pet fur atrocities in Asia and are trying to raise public awareness. PAWS has complied several lists of manufacturers and there’s excellent information on The Humane Society’s website on the campaign against pet fur. But it’s a message that’s gotten lost in the larger debate between the fur promoters versus the anti-fur people. However, this is an issue both sides should agree on and join forces to put a stop to.
- Talk to your friends and fellow pet owners; make sure they know about the dog & cat fur crisis and encourage them to spread the word.
- When shopping, read the tags on fur garments and look for the country of origin. If it’s from Asia, make it a point to tell the store’s management what they're likely selling.
- Your most powerful weapon in the battle against dog & cat fur is your wallet. Refuse to shop at stores which carry Asian fur goods and don’t buy the designer names responsible for them.
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For more info about furs, please review: Fur Guides written by Boxtoes
In particular, I urge members to read my Guide on Endangered Species Furs
This one guide is HIDDEN from member's view and it cannot be found in any search. More than a year of asking eBay WHY hasn't resulted in any answers and the problem remains.
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