Action Alerts

i Oct 29th by

Don’t Let the Fur Industry Use a Fake Name for Raccoon Dog Fur
Tell the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to require that raccoon dog fur  be called “raccoon dog” on fur labels and not the inaccurate and misleading trade name “Asiatic raccoon.”


Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington DC 20580
(202) 326-2222
online contact:


Regarding Fur Rules Review, Matter No. P074201: Raccoon dogs are among the most mistreated animals for their fur, and consumers deserve to know when fur from raccoon dogs is trimming garments. Inaccurate trade names like “Asiatic raccoon” and “Finn raccoon” are misleading and serve only to disguise the live skinning and other mistreatment of raccoon dogs. Please make sure raccoon dog fur is called raccoon dog fur in advertisements and on labels.
The fur industry has a long history of misrepresentation in order to sell its cruel product — now they want to be allowed to sell raccoon dog under the name “Asiatic raccoon” no doubt so consumers won’t make the connection to the live skinning and other abuses of this animal that have been well documented.
Raccoon dogs are a member of the Canidae (dog) family and are NOT, as the name “Asiatic raccoon” implies, members of the Procyonidae (raccoon) family.
All reputable governmental and scientific sources, including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Smithsonian Institution, call raccoon dogs just that.



Tell Green Mountain College to honor Bill and Lou…not kill them
Green Mountain College needs to honor and retire the two oxen, Bill and Lou, and not kill them. A few months ago, Lou became unable to be worked any longer. Bill won’t work with anyone else. Therefore, the college has concluded that both of them must be killed.

Bill Throop
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
One Brennan Circle
Poultney Vermont 05764
phone (802) 287-8214
fax (802) 287-8094

Kenneth Mulder
Farm Manager, Research Associate & Adjunct Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies
One Brennan Circle
Poultney Vermont 05764
(802) 287-2941


Bill and Lou have been a working team of oxen at Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT for ten years. They were pressed into service by staff at Cerridwen Farm – the teaching farm on campus – to do everything from plowing fields to generating electricity. Over the years, they became so well loved that they’re even the profile picture for the farm’s Facebook page!
A few months ago, Lou became unable to be worked any longer. Bill won’t work with anyone else. Therefore, the college has concluded that both of them must be killed.
DEATH is their reward for 10 long years of hard work.
Yes, Green Mountain College has decided that Bill and Lou’s long lives of service should be rewarded by their slaughter – and for what? According to their own press releases, the school will get, at best, a couple of months of low-grade hamburger out of their bodies.
This is especially heartbreaking because they have an excellent home waiting for them.
VINE Sanctuary has offered to provide Bill and Lou with permanent homes. We have the ability and resources to care for them for the rest of their natural lives. Sadly, though, the college is determined to kill them instead.
For ten years, they served the needs of those more powerful than they are.
Now it’s time to let them serve their own needs.