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Shocking News: Raccoon Dog Fur Being Sold at American Retailers

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Posted December 21, 2006 by Marta Holmberg

Earlier today, news broke that tests have confirmed that fur garments from China sold at Burlington Coat Factory, JCPenney, and Macy’s are made from raccoon dog fur, not “raccoon” or “coyote” fur as the products’ labels would have you believe. Selling any animals’ fur is cruel of course, but this finding is particularly shocking when you see the video footage taken by undercover investigators in China showing raccoon dogs being swung by their hind legs, slammed head-first into the ground, and skinned alive.

Aside from proving that these stores are misleading their customers, these tests prove that there’s no way to know who you’re wearing when you put on a fur or fur-trimmed coat, scarf, or pair of boots. More than half of the fur sold in the United States originates in China, so you can be sure that these stores are not the only stores selling mislabeled raccoon dog fur … they’re just the only ones who have been caught.

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Noah

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  • 1424 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I have seen vidios of the barbaric cruelty to dogs and cats. by the chinese scum. This has to stop. i have emailed some animal organizations. it seems to be a very slow process getting anything done to stop it. I woul;d like to go there and string them so called humane beingd up and skin them alive. I cant believe any goverment in any country allowing this inhumane practice to continue.
    yvonne

  • gp

    1789 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    It’s everywhere these days….:

    http://www.bluefly.com/Mackage-black-quilted-Willow-fur-trimmed-hooded-jacket/PDP_CROSS_SELL/307877401/detail.fly

    I just sent a complaint, but of course they won’t care.

  • 2321 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I am heartbroken to have to face the truth of human scum doing this to helpless animals. Why cant the goverment or animal protection societies in all countries, do some thing to stop this cruel inhumane acts. I would like to get hold of the barstards who do this and skin them.

  • 2710 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    wow! im too scarred to watch that video i just cant take blood and stuff!

  • 2771 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    This is extremely upsetting..How can humans treat animals like this?

  • 2840 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I cried when I seen these poor animals being skinned alive. I will never wear fur again.

  • 3030 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I think this is disgusting! I used to wear coats with fur trim and didn’t think about where it came from, but after seeing this, I will never wear anything with any sort of fur again! Even if the label says that the fur is fake, you still can’t trust that it is.

  • 3157 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I cannot believe this!!! I bought one of those coats. I never even thought of checking to see if it was real fur because I’m naive, I guess. I saw in the store that the trim was removable and I had planned to take it off anyway. As I was taking the fur trim off the coat, I happened to notice that it looked very real. I checked the label and saw that it was racoon. My children were in tears and I was in shock that I had bought something so horrible. NOW, I find out the real truth and I’m crushed.
    I want a refund from Penney’s!! I will never buy anything fur trimmed or lined again. Not even fake fur!

  • 3171 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    whatever origin of fur it may be, i feel it still promotes an acceptance of wearing animals. why should allowances be made for those who wear a representation of fur? or a more expensive one? we don’t wear fake human skin or a skin which is “less desired”. fur free here, including all replicas.

  • 3174 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Yeah, these cruel fur industries (esp. China) will stop at nothing to market their fur, even if it means mislabeling them for unsuspecting consumers to purchase. It’s disgusting! These are beautiful animals and I can’t believe the torture and gruesome death that they are put through just so some ignorant human can look “cool” in their fur.
    The only way this cruel industry will cease to exist is if more people are educated on the cruelty that goes with obtaining fur.

  • joy

    3177 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    What the fuck… this is absolutely horrifying… I’m going to google this and see what comes up… What can we do????

  • 3178 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    thats SICK! how do people possibly justify that?

  • 3179 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Not so terribly shocking, considering the industry we’re talking about here. Thanks for alerting your readers to the final outcome of the fur testing.

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