It’s still happening. Almost a year after we wrote the post Jay-Z’s Faux-Fur Coat Actually Comes From A Cute Chinese Dog, more retailers are getting caught it the act. Today the Humane Society of the United States released a report that at least 7 brands across six retailers are selling clothing with “faux-fur” in actuality really does come from a cute Chinese dog (raccoon dog), rabbits, and raccoons.
Now, there is a law about labeling products with fur, unfortunately it’s got a big loophole. If the garment doesn’t contain $150 worth of fur, it doesn’t need to be labeled as such. The HSUS sends these “faux” garments to the lab for testing in order to confirm who is not telling consumers the whole story. They also state in their report that they cut “open the lining of the trim to reveal skin. In contrast, the hairs of fake fur contain a fabric or mesh backing.” Yuck.
In a recent fur article on Ecorazzi, a reader commented that we often hear about fur issues, but not so much about leather in general. I’m in agreement, however one reason that fur might be at the top of animal activist lists is because animals are still being skinned alive in places like China, a major processor of fur.
In my opinion, one way to avoid this issue is to not buy even faux fur. It probably isn’t sending the right message anyway. The HSUS recommends asking the FTC to crack down on violators of the Fur Products Labeling Act, either online or by phone: 1 (877) FTC-HELP (382-4357). They also say we should ask our representatives to support better labeling laws. Finally, I’d also add that you should complain to the designers (like Andrew Marc and Burberry) and retailers that are selling the offending items.