Dog and Cat Fur Protection Act of 2000
HSUS Undercover Investigation
With a rough estimate of 5,000
tigers in captivity, the United States
likely ranks second behind China as
the country with the single largest
tiger population. Although the United
States has no large scale, commercial
captive breeding operations, all of
the tigers in the U.S. are held in
Unfortunately, U.S. laws and
regulations governing the keeping of
these tigers are not adequate to
foreclose the possibility that parts or
derivatives from these animals could
enter illegal trade.
The United States has a strong
legal framework at the federal
level governing international
trade in tigers or their parts
through the Endangered
Species Act, the Lacey Act, and
the Criminal Code.
The Rhino and Tiger
Conservation Act, as amended
in 1998,further prohibits any
domestic sale of tiger parts, as
well as the sale of any
products labeled or advertised
to contain tiger parts.
Through the Animal Welfare
the Captive Wildlife Safety Act,
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
registration and permit system
captive-bred wildlife, the
also has a federal legal
governing the interstate
movement of captive tigers;
rules for the sale, trade, or
exhibition of live tigers; and
for their confinement.
All of these laws and regulations,
however, have exceptions or exemptions
that mean, in practical terms, that the
majority of private owners of tigers in
the United States need only to keep
records of tigers held. While such
records must be made available upon
request, federal agencies charged with
implementing these laws and regulations
do not have a mandate to maintain a
current inventory of how many tigers
may be in the country, where they are,
who possesses them, when they die, or
how they are disposed of.
At the state level, laws and
regulations governing the keeping of
tigers in private possession vary
• 28 states have laws banning
the possession of tigers in private
• 17 states allow for the keeping of
tigers by individuals but require
a state permit or registration
(Iowa, Oregon, and Washington have
recently instituted bans on private
possession of tigers, but also have
systems in place to regulate the
that were grandfathered in prior to
enactment of those bans.); and
• 8 states have no laws on the
The facts on fur labeling
Congress enacted the Fur Products Labeling Act in 1951 in
response to rampant false advertising and false labeling of
animal fur garments.
The Fur Products Labeling Act requires that animal fur
products be labeled with the name of the species used, the
manufacturer, country of origin, and other information and
prohibits the sale and advertising of fur products that have
been falsely or deceptively advertised.
Violations of the Fur Products Labeling Act carry up to a
$5,000 fine and up to a year in prison.
The Federal Trade Commission is tasked with enforcing
the Fur Products Labeling Act and protecting consumers
2010- Congress passed and President Obama signed the Truth in Fur Labeling Act to strengthen the
Fur Products Labeling Act and close a loophole that previously allowed some fur trimmed garments to
be sold without labels (IF VALUED AT $150 OR LESS). The new law will help prevent false advertising
by requiring retailers to affix clear labels to the garments themselves.
Truth in Fur Labeling Act
HSUS Files False Advertising Suit Against Retailers for Deceptive Labeling
Captive hunts, also known as “canned hunts,” are the very opposite of fair
chase. Shooters at captive hunts pay to kill animals—even endangered species—
trapped behind fences.
A bill that would have banned canned hunts in New York was passed by the state legislature but was vetoed by then Gov.
George Pataki in 2003. Several subsequent attempts to ban canned hunts in New York have also failed including a bill this
past session, Assembly Bill 6788 This bill would have amended the current law and make it illegal to hunt big game non-
native animals that are "in a fenced or other area" from where there is no means of escape. It would eliminate canned hunts
of big game non-native mammals in New York state.
New York - Canned hunts of mammals are
legal except that "big game non-native
animals" cannot be tied, hobbled, staked or
attached to a stationary object or "confined in
a box, pen, cage or similar container of 10 or
less contiguous acres from which there is no
means for such mammal to escape". The
animal also cannot be released in front of the
person who will be shooting or spearing it.
N.Y. Envt. Con. Laws Â§11-1904(1)(A)(1)-(3).