That fur trim on your jacket that you think is fake? Tell it to
Fido. An animal advocacy group says its investigation has turned up
coats, some with designer labels, with
fur from man’s best friend.
According to an article by Kasie Hunt for the Associated Press, the Humane Society of the United States said it
purchased coats from reputable outlets, such as upscale Nordstrom, with
designer labels Andrew Marc and Tommy Hilfiger, for example, and found
them trimmed with fur from domestic dogs, even though the fur was
advertised as fake.
"It’s an industrywide deception," said Kristin Leppert, the head of the Human Society’s anti-fur campaign.
investigation began after the society got a tip from a consumer who
bought a coat with trim labeled as faux fur that felt real. Leppert and
her team began buying coats from popular retailers and then had the
coats from Tommy Hilfiger’s Web site ShopTommy.com, Nordstrom.com and
a coat from Andrew Marc’s MARC New York line sold on Bluefly.com contained fur from domesticated dogs. The others had fur from raccoon
dogs a canine species native to Asia. The
single correctly labeled coat was trimmed with coyote fur, but it was
advertised as fake. Most of the fur came from China.
response to the Humane Society’s investigation, Tommy Hilfiger stopped
selling the fur-trimmed garment and said it was looking into the
matter. "We were quite concerned to hear of this finding," said
spokeswoman Wendi Kopsick.
Importing domestic dog and cat fur was
outlawed in 2000. Intentionally importing and selling dog fur is a
federal crime punishable by a $10,000 fine for each violation. Michael
Markarian, executive vice president of the Humane Society, said his
group had contacted all the retailers and designers selling mislabeled
coats or coats with dog fur.
Other retailers the
Humane Society said sold mislabeled raccoon dog fur included Lord &
Taylor, BergdorfGoodman.com and Neiman Marcus.com. Designers whose
clothes were mismarked included Donna Karan’s DKNY and Michael Kors.