Trump administration officials say they are not using the word “furry” to describe the fur coats worn by some dogs.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s deputy assistant secretary for policy, Kristine Wittenberg, told a Senate panel Wednesday that the agency doesn’t use the word because “there’s not a whole lot of fur to speak of.”
Wittenburg said the agency has not used the word for more than 10 years.
The agency, however, has been “adopting” the term, which is a euphemism for fur coats.
“I think there’s a whole movement to use the term ‘fursuit’ in our public affairs and policy discussions,” Wittenbund said.
She added that the term was “a very common term” for fur, which was used “in the past for animals that are very distinctive.”
The fur industry and the fur industry advocacy groups that support the term have opposed using it, arguing that the word doesn’t accurately describe the coats worn in the furry community.
In 2016, a group of fur coats that were sold at a fur convention in South Carolina and sold to members of Congress in 2018 were tagged with the word fur on them.