Fur In Sean John Jackets Infuriates The Humane Society

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Combs’ Sean John fashion line has come under fire, after The Humane Society of

the United States (HSUS) determined that a Sean John jacket that was advertised

as using "faux fur" contained real fur from a canine species.Last

week, The HSUS released the results of a mass spectometry test conducted on a

Sean John Hooded Snorkel Jacket, which was originally advertised as having "imitation

fur" and sold on Macys.com as well as in other traditional retail stores.

According

to tests conducted by The HSUS, the jacket actually contained fur from a canine

species known as "raccoon dog." Macy’s

has already pulled the mislabeled jackets from its Macys.com store and its department

stores as well. The HSUS is urging all retailers to pull the jacket from the shelves.The

Sean John jackets weren’t the only jackets subjected to the spectrometry tests.

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HSUS found that a range of fur-trimmed jackets were being produced by clothing

lines like Andrew Marc, MaxMara, Calvin Klein and Baby Phat, while retailers like

Burlington Coat Factory, Bloomingdale’s, J.C. Penney and Saks Fifth Avenue were

selling the mislabeled jackets, in violation of The Fur Products Labeling Act."First

these jackets were falsely advertised as faux fur, and then it turned out that

the fur came from a type of dog," said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of

The HSUS. "This is an industry-wide problem, and our investigation demonstrates

that retailers and designers aren’t paying close enough attention to composition

of the fur trim they are selling. It’s especially problematic when the fur is

sourced from China where domestic dogs and cats and raccoon dogs are killed in

gruesome ways, even skinned alive. The safest course of action is for Sean Combs

and other designers and retailers to stop using fur trim. That single act would

solve the problems we have uncovered."According

to statistics, China is the leading exporter of fur and supplies almost half of

all of the fur products that enter the United States for sale. The

HSUS maintains that China kills dogs, cats, foxes and raccoon dogs in barbaric

ways and maintains that fur sellers in China will attach almost any label their

customers want on their coats."It

would be jarring to the public to shop in a marketplace where dog and cat fur

is banned, but coats labeled as ‘raccoon dog’ are still legally sold," added

Pacelle.The

HSUS is the United States’ largest animal protection organization with nearly

10 million members and constituents. According to The HSUS, over 50 million animals

are killed each year for their fur.

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