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Fab Flash: The Truth Behind Faux Fur

Did you know that many faux fur coats that are sold in the U.S. are actually made from dog fur? The Humane Society of the United States reports that 24 out of 25 jackets that have been tested, were incorrectly labeled.

The tests show that the fur comes from a breed of dogs called raccoon dogs, an Asian and northern European animal that looks remarkably like a raccoon. Coats made from this fur are manufactured by Diddy's clothing line Sean John, Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. They are sold all over the country in large department stores such as: Macy's, Burlington Coat Factory and J.C. Penney.

It is said that the fur is coming from China. The law prohibits the import or sale of dog and cat fur products, however, if the amount of fur on an item is worth $150 or less, then no labeled is required. This is how the wool has been pulled over the eyes of the consumers.

The issue is being discussed further on Capital Hill by Rep. Jim Moran, D-Virginia and Rep. Mike Ferguson of R-New Jersey about how to regulate these types of legal loopholes. Also, The Humane Society is currently speaking with department stores that carry these types of products about pulling them from their stores.

To find out what Diddy had to say on the matter,

"I was completely unaware of the nature of this material, but as soon as we were alerted, the garments were pulled off the Macy's floor and website," Combs said. "I have instructed our outerwear licensee to cease the production of any garments using this material immediately. I appreciate the tireless work that the Humane Society does and would like to thank them for bringing attention to this issue."

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juliet juliet 9 years
Yucky! Fur is just so sad - I don't understand how people can wear it!
missixty02 missixty02 9 years
I have a coat with "racoon" fur trim on it. It's so warm...I live in Chicago, but after reading this I'm returning it!
lorioz lorioz 9 years
This is really quite gross. I can't believe that nobody really knew what was going on.
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 9 years
JessNess, I agree with you. I wouldn't wear fake fur, either. The idea of it is creepy to me. Sad.
Wicked Wicked 9 years
Wow. You think you're doing good by buying faux and not the real stuff then you find out something like this. Basically don't wear any fur-like material!
JessNess JessNess 9 years
I dont wear any kind of fur- even fake. I just feel for the people who thought they were getting fuax fur but were really purchasing the skins of these poor animals I have the seen the videos of how they skin the racoon dog- it is sooooo disturbing and sad J.Crew was originally targeted for marking their fur incorrectly but now there are tons of companies with this problem
redsox26 redsox26 9 years
disgusting. Fur might be cozy and look ok on some people but all these stories make me not want to wear fur ever.
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