Recently, PETA and the Humane Society called out P. Diddy for the sales of his infamous Sean John Hooded Snorkel Jacket made with raccoon dog fur labeled as faux by retailers which was sold at places such as Macy’s.
“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 Website,” Diddy said in a statement released by publicist Hampton Carney. “I have instructed our outerwear licensee to cease the production of any garments using this material immediately. I appreciate the tireless work that the Humane Society does and would like to thank them for bringing attention to this issue.”
According to HSUS, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs’ couture violated the Fur Products Labeling Act, which prohibits the advertising or sale of any fur product that is falsely or misleadingly labeled and could lead the Federal Trade Commission to impose criminal penalties such as fines of up to $5,000 per violation and the seizure of products.
Macy’s has been stated to have pulled the Sean John garments from its department stores and online shop, but the HSUS is not only calling out Diddy, but other designers and retailers to stop using and selling fur trim altogether.
Other reports state that more than eight other fur-lined garments from the likes of Baby Phat, Calvin Klein and others sold by such retailers as JCPenney, Burlington Coat Factory, Bloomingdale’s and Saks Fifth Avenue were also tested and found to have contained raccoon dog fur.
The President and CEO of HSUS, Wayne Pacell, is blaming not just the retailers, but also the designers for not closely paying attention to what type of 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.”
Since China has no animal welfare laws, animals such as dogs, cats and raccoon dogs are used for whatever means, killed horrificly and usually skinned.
Any viewer of the following video would be stunned in amazement at how much tourture these poor animals are put into for the skinning of their fur. Many of these animals are still alive even after they are skinned and due to shock and pain they die.
Should the US stop any fur-like lined garment from being imported from China or should these designers and retailers be punished for the distribution of these garments?
Video: Footage by Swiss Animal Protection of raccoon dog killing in China. (Warning: Extremely Graphic)