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If you’re a Green Monster, supporting cruelty-free products is obviously very important for you. And in our consumer driven culture, voting with our dollar is often an effective way to enact change. It’s also a great way to show others how easy it is to get cruelty-free products, and how fashionable they can be.

On Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, some shocking news was released about popular department store Kohl’s. The Humane Society of the United States reports that their “investigators purchased several different styles of Nicole Lee Fabiola brand handbags, which were prominently advertised as having ‘faux-fur’ trimming, from Kohls.com in October and November. However, upon examination, the handbags were found to be trimmed with animal fur, and laboratory testing determined the fur to be from a rabbit.”

The news has been a huge disappointment to animal advocates and consumers who believed that they were purchasing a cruelty-free item. What’s even more disturbing is this happened despite the fact that the Truth in Fur Labeling Act  (passed back in 2010) requires all garments with fur to be accurately labeled.

If this makes you angry, please take a moment to call Kohl’s customer service at 1-855-564-5709, and ask them to adopt a fur-free policy. Be sure to mention if you’re a loyal customer! You can also send them a follow-up message via HSUS, and even reach out to them on their Facebook page.

Use your voice to stand up for the animals — unleash your Green Monster!

You can also check out Fur Free Retailer for a list of apparel companies that are committed to not using fur.

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4 comments on “Kohl’s Caught Selling Real Rabbit Fur as ‘Faux’”

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4 Years Ago

It is not Kohl's fault. There are other stores selling these products. It is the people who made the items fault. All Kohl's did was add the product to their store and I am sure they did not know it was real fur until it was brought to their attention.

04 Dec 2013

Maybe they don't know. But instead of acknowledging there may be a problem, they simply delete negative comments from there website. Above all, I don't like being lied to by companies. If you say you don't do something, then don't do it.

Bill Graham
4 Years Ago

While I totally support your argument regarding the mislabeling of rabbit fur, I respectfully remind the writer that rabbit meat is a common food product in certain areas of the USA. There are commercial rabbitrys in many places. I think it is unfair to use the word "cruelty" in your context. Just like cattle and sheep processing plants, humane methods are used to kill rabbits at commercial operations. It is highly likely that the fur sold with the product you mention came from one of these legitimate commercial rabbit meat processing operations. Therefore, your cruelty argument would apply to cattle hides (common leather) as well. Please check your facts before waving the cruelty flag.

04 Dec 2013

I agree that it could have come from a legit commercial rabbit meat processing plant. But check to see if the do use humane methods. Most commercial plants say they do but undercover videos have shown that most of that is not true...

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