Products Containing Cat Fur Sold As 'Faux Fur' At This High Street Store
You have to be kitten us.
The point of fake fur products might be that there's absolutely zero real fur in them, but you're probably going to think twice next time you buy a fluffy af coat thanks to allegations that fur from cats, raccoons and rabbits has been found in products on sale in several high street products that claim to be faux.
This is happening extremely close to home and animal protection charity Humane Society International claim to have found cat fur being used in a pair of Missguided high heels during a recent investigation. They also allege that they have found rabbit, dog and mink fur in items in a concession sold in House of Fraser.
It was made illegal to sell clothing using cat and dog fur in the EU in 2009 and Claire Bass, director of HSI UK, tells the Independent: “What the lab suggests is that cat fur is being sold in the UK which is really shocking.
“We have been finding an increasing amount of fur either mislabelled or not labelled at all. This is misleading ethical consumers, who assume it is fake because it’s cheap. Consumers don’t know what they are buying."
While the charity said that this is the first time they've found real fur in products labelled as faux since they started testing pieces two years ago, she adds: “But I’m sure we will find more. This could only well be the tip of the iceberg."
In a satement, a spokesperson for Missguided said: "Missguided does not condone the use of fur in any of its products therefore we take the allegations very seriously. We have launched an internal investigation with the relevant suppliers and will ensure these matters are addressed urgently.”
House of Fraser are also investigating and offered to refund anyone concerned they had purchased products containing real fur. A spokesperson said: “House of Fraser has a strict no fur policy and we ensure all of our suppliers and brand partners are aware of this. We would never knowingly mislead our customers, who we believe have the right to know what they purchasing. We are extremely concerned that fur can be mislabelled in this way, particularly for brands that we stock.
“As a result all products have been removed from sale and returned to the brand. We will offer a full refund on any purchases of this item previously made. We will also be launching a full brand partners and supplier engagement to ensure that they are reminded of our no fur policy.”
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