Environment: Mink Yes, Tiger No

Not all the news on the environment front is bad. Last week the Furriers Joint Council of New York, representing 99% of the nation's 11,000 fur workers, announced that it had reached an agreement with the World Wildlife Fund. From now on, its members will not "cut, fashion or fabricate" skins taken from tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars and other animals threatened with extinction by the demand for their hides.

The union action, together with a New York state law forbidding the sale of furs from 14 endangered species, has caused consternation in the skin trade. Some manufacturers have challenged the new law...

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