The raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides) is a member of the Canidae family of animals, along with the domestic dog, wolves and foxes. But according to the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), that doesn’t mean their name should reflect that fact.
The FTC recently adjusted its fur-labelling regulations so that designers may label raccoon dog as ‘Asiatic racoon.’ Why, we wonder, would they do that?
Could it be because the massive fur lobby pushed them to it? Could it be that people are more likely to buy some product with a foreign, unknown name like Asiatic raccoon than they are something that reminds them of what the animal really is – a type of dog?
We guess if we can’t use logic like this, than the FTC really doesn’t need science. Does it?
Photo by Swiss Animal Protection