NEW YORK - Macy's has pulled from its shelves and its Web site
two styles of Sean John hooded jackets, originally advertised as featuring faux
fur, after an investigation by the nation's largest animal protection
organization concluded that the garments were actually made from a certain
species of dog called "raccoon dog."
"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 Humane Society of the United States.
Pacelle added that the issue is an "industry-wide problem" and its investigation demonstrated
that retailers and designers "aren't paying close enough attention to the fur
trim they are selling." He added that the issue is especially problematic when
"the fur is sourced from China where domestic dogs and cats and raccoon dogs are
killed in gruesome ways."
Raccoon dogs — which are not domestic animals — are indigenous to Asia,
including eastern Siberia and Japan, and have been raised in large numbers
because their fur closely resembles raccoon, Pacelle said.
Orlando Veras, a spokesman at Macy's, a division of Federated Department Stores Inc., confirmed Friday that the retailer had removed the jackets, releasing a statement saying
that it has a "long-standing policy against the selling of any dog or cat fur." He continued, "This policy is clearly communicated to all suppliers."
The Sean John jackets — one a snorkel style, the other a classic version — had been
labeled "raccoon fur," but were advertised as faux fur, Pacelle said.
In a statement by Sean "Diddy" Combs released by his publicist Hampton
Carney, the designer said: "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 Web site. I have instructed our outerwear licensee to cease the
production of any garments using this material immediately."
Macy's removal of the coats comes on the heels of other tests conducted
by the Humane Society of the United States on a range of fur-trimmed jackets
from retailers such as Burlington Coat Factory, Bloomingdale's, J.C. Penney and
Saks Fifth Avenue as well as from designers and clothing lines such as Baby
Phat, Andrew Marc, MaxMara and Calvin Klein. Those tests revealed that most of
the jackets labeled as "raccoon" or coyote" from China in fact contained fur
from raccoon dogs.
Of the 10 garments tested by the Humane Society, nine tested positive
as raccoon dog fur and were mislabeled, a violation of federal law.
The Humane Society is also calling upon Congress to amend the Dog and
Cat Protection Act — which bans the sale of dog or cat fur in the United States
— to include raccoon dog, since the organization says these dogs are so
"inhumanely" killed and their species are similar to domesticated
Saturday, December 23, 2006
P. Diddy Makes Fur Coats...from DOGS!
Below is an article I posted from yahoo news. Apparently P. Diddy's clothing brand has been producing faux fur coats that aren't so faux. They are made out of dog hair...er, fur. The article can be read it it's entirety either below or at this link:
I would just like to say that I personally think harvesting the coats of dogs is an awesome idea. First, dogs are so loving and trusting they would never see something like this coming. Imagine little Rover one minute fetching you a stick on a nice Spring day in the park and the next minute being brutely slaughtered to provide you a coat in the winter. There's poetic justice to that. Second, harvesting dog fur helps protect endangered species. Honestly, you would think that these humane groups would approve of this practice. Third, we could save on the expense of having dogs neutered. We could just drop off the excess doggies at our local clothing factory. Maybe even get a small bit of cash like you do when you drop off aluminum can to be recycled.
I am urging all of you who regularly read this blog (me) to write to Macy's in protest of their decision to pull these exotic coats. If we cave into these liberal extremists, what is going to be left for us to wear? Cotton!?!?!?