Neiman Marcus Caught Mislabeling Fur…Again

Just two years after getting in serious trouble with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for mislabeling real fur products as faux, Neiman Marcus is back in the spotlight for doing it yet again.

Following previous investigations conducted by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) that uncovered widespread problems with real fur being mislabeled as faux fur, Neiman Marcus reached a settlement with the FTC in 2013 that included an agreement to follow federal fur labeling laws for the next 20 years.

That was supposed to stop the problem, but unfortunately, it didn’t. Under the Fur Products Labeling Act, which was put in place decades ago to prevent confusion and unfair competition, garment labels need to include at least the species of animal used and the country of origin. This simple law has become problematic for many retailers, including Neiman Marcus.

This past December investigators from NBC’s Today show looked into the issue and found the store was continuing to unfairly dupe unwitting consumers with real fur products from rabbits, coyotes and raccoon dogs that were labeled as faux.

Despite being in the spotlight again over the holidays, the HSUS also found the store has continued to do it and had inaccurately listed products on its website as recently as this past March. Not only was the store falsely advertising its products, but some of the labels on products themselves listing items as faux were wrong.

Now the HSUS is petitioning the FTC again to take immediate action against Neiman Marcus, which could include seizing falsely advertised items and imposing fines, which could include $5,000 and a year in jail for each violation of Fur Products Labeling Act, and $16,000 for each violation of its settlement agreement.

While some continue to try to promote faux fur as a humane alternative for the real thing to protect animals who are farmed or trapped for their fur from cruelty, continuing to make any type of fur items appear fashionable is helping keep the market for fur alive and helping provide outlets for businesses to sneak real fur in – even though that’s not what many consumers want.

The good news, besides the fact that we don’t need to wear any animals fur for any reason, is that dozens of retailers have stepped up for both animals used in the fur industry and for compassionate consumers by pledging to go fur-free over the years. For an international list of stores that have signed a written commitment not to sell fur, check out Fur Free Retailer.

You can also help protect furbearing animals by supporting Furbearer Defenders’ Make Fur History campaign.

If you have an item you want to check, the HSUS also has some DIY tips for anyone who wants to try to tell whether a fur product is real or not.

 

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145 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Melania Padilla
Melania P4 years ago

Moron!!! Who the hell needs fur! I don't even buy "faux" since you cannot trust anyone!! Petition signed of course

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Elizabeth Z.
Elizabeth Z4 years ago

So gross. Fur looks best on those born with it.

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Andr? Vosloo
Andre Vosloo4 years ago

The only being that looks good in fur is the rightful owner .. the animal...

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Fran away F.
Fran F4 years ago

Petition signed and shared. Thanks!

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Val M.
Val M4 years ago

I hate faux fur! Even if it is REALLY fake fur, it is saying that you like the look of real fur. I don't know why anyone wears any of that!

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Janet B.
Janet B4 years ago

Thanks

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Jo S.
Jo S4 years ago

$$$$$ greedy bastards!
Thanks Alicia.

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Leanne B.
Leanne B4 years ago

Petition signed. Just don't shop at stores that sell fur!

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Maxine S.
Maxine Sheehan4 years ago

Who are the thoughtless freaks that wear fur? I would have thought by now that everyone would know is totally not PC, or acceptable.

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