Retailers Sell Real Animal Fur as Faux Fur

Animal-protection group HSUS submits a petition to the Federal Trade Commission urging enforcement of broken laws.

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has submitted a petition to the Chairwoman of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) alleging that 17 retailers sold clothing and accessories containing real animal fur that were illegally mislabeled as “faux fur.” The petition details the results of an HSUS investigation conducted from 2011 to 2015 and provides evidence that retailers sold items such as coats, shoes, handbags, and keychains ranging in price from $15 to nearly $1,500 that were labeled “faux fur” but included real fur from rabbits, coyotes, and raccoon dogs. HSUS insists that the retailers—including Amazon, Neiman Marcus, Kohl's, and Nordstrom—must be charged with civil and criminal penalties for violating the Fur Products Labeling Act and Federal Trade Commission Act. “Consumers would be horrified to know they have been duped into purchasing animal fur when they thought they were buying a humane alternative,” Pierre Grzybowski, Research and Enforcement manager of HSUS’s Fur-Free Campaign, said. “The FTC must crack down on this industry-wide problem of misrepresentation.”

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