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World's Strangest Illegal Souvenirs

Wear, admire, or consume them overseas—but don’t even think about bringing these souvenirs home.

Clothing Containing Dog or Cat Fur

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Appalling as it may be, some corner-cutting clothing makers around the world still use cats and dogs as a source of animal fur. Sensitive to international tastes and laws, they often mislabel their products to mislead consumers. Caveat emptor if you’re buying fur overseas, particularly in China and Russia, lest you end up with Chihuahua—not chinchilla. If you’re caught bringing it into the country, you’ll lose the coat as surely as its original owner did—and be fined at least $3,000.

World's Strangest Illegal Souvenirs

Clothing Containing Dog or Cat Fur

Appalling as it may be, some corner-cutting clothing makers around the world still use cats and dogs as a source of animal fur. Sensitive to international tastes and laws, they often mislabel their products to mislead consumers. Caveat emptor if you’re buying fur overseas, particularly in China and Russia, lest you end up with Chihuahua—not chinchilla. If you’re caught bringing it into the country, you’ll lose the coat as surely as its original owner did—and be fined at least $3,000.

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