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Retailers pull dog-fur-trimmed coats mislabeled as faux

An animal advocacy group says its investigation has turned up coats ? some with designer labels,
some at higher-end retailers ? with fur from man's best friend. Some retailers were scrambling to pull the coats from shelves, take them off websites and even offer refunds to consumers.

The Humane Society of the United States said it purchased coats from reputable retailers, such as upscale Nordstrom Inc.,
with designer labels ? Andrew Marc and Tommy Hilfiger, for example ? and found them trimmed with fur from domestic dogs, even though the fur was advertised as fake.

"This is an animal that is routinely killed by stomping them or beating them or skinning them alive," Markarian said.
Video produced by Swiss Animal Protection and posted on the Internet shows raccoon dogs being clubbed or slammed on the ground.
Some writhe, gasp and blink as they are skinned alive.

The Humane Society said other retailers that had sold mislabeled raccoon dog fur included Lord & Taylor, BergdorfGoodman.com and NeimanMarcus.com.
Designers whose clothes were mislabeled included Donna Karan's DKNY and Michael Kors. A coat from Oscar de la Renta advertised as raccoon had raccoon dog fur.

Importing domestic dog and cat fur was outlawed in 2000. Intentionally importing and selling dog fur is a federal crime punishable by a $10,000 fine for each violation.

Most of the fur came from China.