This should not have been surprising, Americans are strong believers in valuing animal welfare over potential profit and the use of government regulations to improve society. This did, however, create a problem for me as I am incapable of looking after my brushes and need replacements on a regular basis. The brushes sold in the local craft stores are not very cheap, low quality, synthetic types that are not very suitable for painting fine details on scale models.
A consequence of this is that in my desperation to buy any sable brush I picked up a set of brights pictured (size 2,1 and 0).
These brushes are characterised by short bristles and a blunt tip. For general painting they aren't much use, the short tips hold very little paint and are too small for basecoating or glazing. Instead I found they are ideal for stippling, edge highlighting and small details. The short, blunt tip allows for a lot of control and precision and they are surprisingly resilient. I treat them quite roughly and yet they have not deteriorated .
These were not cheap, costing about $12 each but I would recommend at least getting the size 0 which is the one I use the most.