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Fur Flies

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The Humane Society of the United States has filed a lawsuit in D.C. against six retailers and designers — Dillard's, Lord & Taylor, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Andrew Marc — claiming they falsely label real fur as "faux" and pass Asian raccoon dog fur off as fox, rabbit and raccoon. The HSUS claims it only took legal steps after having the allegedly faux fur analyzed and sending dozens of letters to the stores notifying them of the findings. In addition to fines, the HSUS has asked that the falsely-labeled inventory be seized, and has suggested that charges be filed against the retailers. [Crains]


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I have a moral dilemma. I wear leather somewhere on my body almost every day, as many, if not most, people in America do, especially during winter. I've also noticed that many people who wear leather, myself included, would not wear fur and generally have a negative view on the use of fur. It makes me feel like a hypocrite. So there's my confession.

But my bigger question is why is there this huge anti-fur movement, and you never hear about groups specifically targeting leather? As far as I know, cows used for leather are not the same cows that we eat, so the argument that the leather is a by-product of meat will not fly. I know there are a handful of companies that make fur and leather products where the entire animal's body was put to use and they were kept in humane conditions, but those companies are few. So why the outcry over fur and not leather?