16 CFR Part 301: Regulations Under the Fur Products Labeling Act, Matter No. P074201 #00011 

Submission Number:
00011 
Commenter:
Riitta Heinonen
Organization:
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
State:
Outside the United States
Initiative Name:
16 CFR Part 301: Regulations Under the Fur Products Labeling Act, Matter No. P074201

The current FTC standards do not provide a manner to distinguish Asiatic racoon from the Finnraccoon. As the animal welfare standards in place in Asian countries producing Nyctereutes procyonoidos are, unfortunately, not as high level as those in place in Finland/Europe, the situation is confusing also to the consumers, the term “Asiatic raccoon” implies misleadingly that the Nyctereutes procyonoidos fur originates from Asia, when in fact, main part of the world trade originates from Finland. With reference to the above mentioned viewpoints (and to the comments made by the Finnish Fur Sales on this matter), we would like to give our support to the addition of the common name Finnraccoon in the Fur Products Name Guide to describe the products of the Nyctereutes procyonoidos, as follows: NAME ORDER FAMILY GENIUS-SPECIES Raccoon, Asiatic / Finnraccoon do Canidae Nyctereutes procyonoidos