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  Hamster fur coats go back on sale
Updated 27 August 2004, 16.55
Hamster
Coats made from hamster fur have gone back on sale at a shop in Scotland.

House of Bruar, near Blair Atholl in Perthshire, was forced to remove the items from its shelves earlier this year after so many people complained.

It says it has put the coats - each made from 100 hamster skins - back on sale at a reduced price in order to cover the cost of buying them.

One animal rights campaigner described the coats as "one of the most inhumane pieces of clothing you can get".

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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

"If they want to get themselves some good publicity, perhaps they should donate them to a homeless charity, where they will be used by people who don't have the option," she added.

The rodents are a protected species within the European Union, but the coats were made from guinea pig-sized hamsters bred in Russia.

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