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  Anger at shop's hamster fur coats
Updated 02 March 2004, 15.39
Hamster
Animal rights groups are asking shoppers to think before they buy anything with fur on it.

It comes after it was discovered a shop in Scotland was selling coats with lining made out of fur from hamsters.

An animal charity spokesperson told Newsround: "if you want to help animals, don't buy real fur items."

Several animal charities asked shoppers to avoid the shop in Perthshire after finding out over 100 hamsters were killed for each coat.

The coats, which cost 1,750 each, were not made in the UK and the hamsters came from outside the country too.

One animal charity said the hamsters had come from Russia after being gassed there.

Killing worry

Fact File
Hamsters
Hamsters live for about three years
They can have babies from four months
They have bad sight, but good smell and hearing
They eat vegetation and insects in the wild
About one million UK homes own one
Like dogs, they respond to your voice
The spokesperson for Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) said they were worried about the way the hamsters were killed.

They think the only way to kill animals without unnecessary pain is to put them down by injection.

Even though they had done nothing illegal, the shop said that they were "concerned that we may have offended some people."

A spokesperson told Newsround she believed the shop had stopped selling the coats, but would not say why.

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