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Kohl’s Busted Selling Real Fur Labeled ‘Faux’ For A Second Time

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Last December, a series of laboratory tests conducted on fur-lined handbags at the retail chain Kohl's came back with a shocking result - the handbags, which were labeled "faux-fur," were actually made with real rabbit fur.

Now, the company has been caught once again by another investigation by The Humane Society of the United States. A men's parka sold by retailer Kohl's with the description "faux-fur trim" has since been removed from the retailer's site.


Under the Truth in Fur Labeling Act, selling animal fur as "faux fur" on clothing can carry a civil penalty of up to $16,000 per violation.

Raccoon dogs are a species native to Asia that are often sought for the fur industry. Though it's not actually closely related to the raccoon, the species is similar in appearance. Animals used in the fur industry are often kept in cramped cages under poor conditions, and then usually suffer painful deaths.

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"After selling real fur as faux twice in one year, Kohl's should realize by now that the risk of duping consumers and being associated with the cruel fur trade is not worth it," PJ Smith, corporate outreach manager for the Fur-Free Campaign of The HSUS, told The Dodo. "Like so many other retailers and brands, Kohl's should make the right decision and go fur-free."

You can tell Kohl's to stop selling real fur here.

The Dodo has reached out to Kohl's for a comment.