by Rebecca Carter
Categories: Animals, Fashion.

Raccoon DogIt’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.

About Rebecca Carter

Rebecca Carter is the Co-Founder of Ecorazzi. Rebecca was recently featured in the book Hot, Rich, and Green. She is one of 70 eco-achievers featured in Glamour magazine in April 2009, named Best of Green 2010 by Miami Magazine and Best Environmentalist by Miami New Times Best of 2008. She's raising a couple of little boys in Miami and speaks English & Spanish. Find out more at Follow Rebecca on Twitter: @rebeccacarter

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  • DJ Inphinity

    Please stop buying clothes with fur… Just think of the animals being skinned alive…

  • Dana

    I don’t wear leather, wool or other animal skins either because I think that all those industries involve inherent suffering and environmental damage, but fur is kind of in a league of its own in terms of cruelty, wastefullness and deception and so I think retailers should make an extra effort to eliminate real fur from their stores.

    The meat of the animals killed for fur is almost always disgarded and it takes about 40 mink to make one full length fur coat. And unlike the livestock industry (in America at least), the fur industry is not regulated at the national level. The US Humane Slaughter Act does not apply to fur-bearing animals, so animals raised on fur farms in America can be killed by any method, usually electrocution, gassing and poisoning. And in China, which has one of the highest number of mink and fox farms in the world, there are absolutely no animal welfare regulations and the animals are often skinned while still alive and conscious. Another aspect that makes fur so cruel is that wild animals such as mink and fox are more ill-suited for captivity than animals that have been domesticated for a long time. There’s no such thing as a “free range” fur farm. On every fur farm, the animals are kept in tiny cages. So please be vigilant this shopping season and don’t buy any item that may have real fur!

  • marina

    uhh…….fur isn’t all that badd…………..i lub lub lub burberry!

  • Delilah

    I don’t wear the skins of animals unless I eat that kind of animal – so no rabbit and such. I do wear leather and shearling though.

  • Sally

    Ooo, thanks for the update! I must have missed this coming in from HSUS.

  • Veronica

    I don’t wear fur and have never owned anything that has faux fur on it. But, my daughter would like a pair of boots that contain faux fur on the outside-how can we be sure that it truly is faux fur?

  • http://N/A Bethesda

    i don’t get it. i thought that retailers want it to be real fur so they can charge more. Of course i get that they want to have a compassionate outlook, but seriously wouldn’t they want the money. alot of people wear fur. Of course i don’t and never will and i don’t wear faux fur either because it makes me think of real fur and upsets me about the cruelty of animals. but yeah.

  • ashlee

    Stop buying fur in general, if the number of people in the world ignored and boycotted buying furs, after a while.. the industries would no longer sell the furs, meaning less animals would not suffer, and be asbused and kept in captivity. Buy not buying fur, you may be saving one more life.

  • duke

    Would you take a stand against fur and boycott the Google Fur Ads that are showing up on this very page?

    If you want to make a stand against fur, then kindly consider banning AdSense from your site until Google bans fur from AdSense.

    Visit FurIsEvil.Org to see the kinds of dogs, cats and other fur animals that Google profits from directly.