The holiday shopping season is in full swing now that Thanksgiving is behind us. While we always encourage shoppers to make compassionate, cruelty-free choices, it seems that even consumers with the best intentions may be tricked while shopping at Kohl’s department store. The Humane Society of the United States has found that the store is selling real rabbit fur marked as “faux.”
HSUS investigators purchased several different styles of Nicole Lee Fabiola brand handbags, which were all advertised as sporting “faux fur trim,” from Kohls.com in October and November. Examinations proved that the fur was actual animal fur, and lab tests confirmed the fur to be from a rabbit. Selling animal fur as “faux fur” on a handbag is a violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act, which prohibits “unfair or deceptive acts or practices” in commerce and carries a civil penalty of up to $16,000 per violation.
Pierre Grzybowski, research and enforcement manager for the Fur-Free Campaign of The HSUS, said: “Consumers should be aware that animal fur is still being sold as ‘faux’ by major retailers – in this case Kohl’s. We’re calling on Kohl’s to adopt a fur-free policy and more robust quality control program, and urging consumers to learn how to tell animal fur from fake fur so they can shop with confidence.”
The HSUS states that more than 75 million animals, including rabbits, raccoon dogs, mink, bobcats, foxes and even domestic dogs and cats, are killed annually to make unnecessary fur products. The organization are urging the public to contact Kohl’s and ask them to adopt a fur-free policy. You can call Kohl’s customer service at 1-866-960-8757, send them a follow-up message via HSUS, and even reach out to them on social media. Kohl’s Facebook page has received a steady stream of comments from concerned consumers, shocked at the HSUS’s findings. Speak up to make a change and please shop mindfully this holiday season!
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