Over a year ago, the Humane Society sued Lord & Taylor, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks, and the parent company of Andrew Marc for allegedly mislabeling faux-fur items. At last, Lord & Taylor has settled with the organization out of court. The department store agreed not to sell products containing the fur of raccoon dogs, the most commonly misrepresented kind of fur, according to the Humane Society. Lord & Taylor, along with the other defendants, allegedly sold furry garments labeled as raccoon, coyote, rabbit, or faux that were actually made with raccoon-dog fur (gross). Lord & Taylor promises to be more careful about fur labeling moving forward. The Humane Society notes raccoon dogs — which can actually be very cute, as you see — are often skinned alive for their pelts.
As for the other defendants, Andrew Marc settled with the Humane Society in March, agreeing to phase out raccoon-dog fur and commit to more honest fur labeling as well. But Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and Saks haven’t settled and are scheduled to go to trial next year, which we can’t imagine will look good for them. You would think these companies wouldn’t have such issues making a similar commitment. The stuff probably isn’t even selling right now anyway!