Faux Faux Fur

In the midst of holiday shopping, stay up to date on a retailer that is currently being investigated by the Humane Society of the United States: Kohl’s. Selling real fur in place of “faux” fur (synthetic) is a relatively new development. A handbag sold as synthetic fur by Kohl’s was tested in labs and matched positive as rabbit fur. The false advertising is deceitful to consumers who intentionally avoid fur products due to animal welfare issues. 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.

    Recent Investigations by HSUS concerning misleading fur sales –

  • August 2013: Federal Trade Commission issued enforcement action against retailers Neiman Marcus, Drjays.com and Revolveclothing.com, in response to 2011 HSUS petition alleging the selling of animal fur as “faux.”
  • March 2013: Investigation by The HSUS revealed NY department store Century 21 sold real fur as faux, including a Marc Jacobs jacket with raccoon dog fur.
  • July 2012: Investigation by The HSUS revealed illegal sale of domestic dog fur in apparel and other items by NY retailer, leading to action by Customs and Border Protection.”

You can contact Kohl’s to ask questions or submit a complaint through the Humane Society’s User Action Page.

Sources: The Humane Society of the United States, “Buyer Beware: Rabbit Fur Sold as ‘Faux’ at Kohl’s”, 02 December 2013; Laura Moss, Mother Nature Network, “Is That Faux Fur Really Fake?”, 04 December 2013