Last year, Lord & Taylor, Dillard’s, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Saks and the parent company of Andrew Marc were all sued by the Humane Society for mislabeling faux-fur items. Finally, Lord & Taylor settled outside of court and promised not to sell products that contain the fur of raccoon dogs, whose fur is most commonly misrepresented, according to the Humane Society.
Lord & Taylor, and the other defendants, have allegedly sold garments labeled as raccoon, coyote, rabbit, or faux that actually contained raccoon-dog fur. Lord & Taylor says they will be careful from now on about correctly labeling fur.
Andrew Marc has already settled with the Humane Society last March, and agreed to slowly phase out raccoon-dog fur and be more careful and honest about fur labeling as well.
Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and Saks have not yet settled and are supposed to go to trial next year, which will not be good for their images.
According to the Humane Society, raccoon-dogs are often skinned alive for their pelts.