Dog Fur Controversy

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A national animal rights group wants the Federal Trade Commission to fine high-end retailers and clothing designers whose products contain mislabeled fur.

The Humane Society would also like inventories seized and perhaps charges filed.

Documents filed with the F-T-C name designers Andrew Marc and Michael Kors, among others. Many major department stores, including Barneys New York, Macy's, Dillard's, J-C Penney, and Neiman Marcus also are cited.

The petition stems from a Humane Society investigation that turned up products that were made with fur from dogs, wolves or raccoon dogs. The group says they were sold as either fake fur or other types of fur in violation of the Federal Fur Products Labeling Act.

The executive vice president of the Humane Society says, "consumers have a right to know what they are purchasing."


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