by Ashlee Piper
Categories: Animals, Causes, Fashion
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He’s a favorite among the fashion-forward who proudly sport his name on blingy wristwatches and handbags, but Marc Jacobs is making headlines for a recent investigation citing that garments from his Marc by Marc Jacobs line sold at popular New York department store, Century 21, were falsely marketed as faux fur.

According to a report released by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and New York State Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), author of New York State’s 2007 fur labeling law, Century 21 sold multiple animal fur garments in violation of state and federal fur labeling laws.

In September 2012, HSUS investigators purchased three Marc by Marc Jacobs jackets online from Century 21, where they were advertised as having “faux fur” trim. Upon delivery all three jacket labels indicated “real raccoon fur” from China and laboratory testing of one jacket indicated it was actually raccoon dog. So, while Jacobs is not at fault for fraudulent labeling, it does beg the question why a former vegan would work with such a barbaric material.

The issue extended beyond the online marketplace. Undercover store footage shows Century 21 salespeople, when unable to find any fur labeling on garments, deeming the fur fake, when in fact it was not. Watch here:

Under the federal Fur Products Labeling Act, a law strengthened by President Obama in 2010, all garments trimmed with animal fur must give the name of the animal and the country in which the animal was killed. Misidentification of the species of animal fur used in wearing apparel is a violation of federal law.

According to the HSUS, the findings were released “during National Consumer Protection Week to warn consumers that animal fur, including [that] from raccoon dogs who may be skinned alive in China, is being sold unlabeled or as faux fur.”

Chinese Raccoon Dog, Skinned Alive for their Fur

The investigation adds more evidence to the ongoing case against the so-called ethics of fur, specifically the popularity of fur-trimmed garments.  The HSUS recommends that “consumers can protect themselves and animals by learning how to tell real fur from fake fur and urging retailers like Century 21 to go fur-free.”

We recommend taking this a step further: Educate yourself on the fur industry at-large.  Whether it’s a raccoon dog or cat wrangled from China’s streets and skinned alive, or minks, lynxes, foxes, chinchillas, and the host of other species bred specifically and only for their fur – they all feel tremendous pain and suffer greatly for the sake of so-called fashion.

Source: The Humane Society of the United States


About Ashlee Piper

Ashlee Piper is a governmental strategist, social worker, and holistic health counselor and owner of All Is Wellness, a boutique plant-based wellness consultancy.  She is also Community Manager for the Vegucated Schoolhouse Community, where she assists hundreds of veg-curious people in transitioning to a more healthful and compassionate lifestyle.  Her writing can also be seen in Reader’s Digest, Get Vegucated, Girlie Girl Army, and via her own vegan lifestyle and recipe blog, The Little Foxes.  When she’s not writing, she enjoys volunteering with HEART and local shelters, whipping up vegan feasts, and spending time along Lake Michigan with her two rescue dogs, Banjo and Theo.

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