Mega discount department store Century 21 is facing heat from the Humane Society of The United States (HSUS) after it was discovered during an undercover investigation that they have been mislabeling its fur merchandise.
According to a press release, “In September 2012, HSUS investigators purchased three Marc by Marc Jacobs jackets online from Century 21, where they were advertised as having “faux fur” trim. Upon delivery all three jacket labels indicated “real raccoon fur” from China and laboratory testing of one jacket indicated it was actually raccoon dog.”
This is a serious allegation under the federal Fur Labeling Act, which states that all clothing sold within the U.S that comprise fur trim, no matter the value of the fur must be labeled with the species of animal and country of origin.
Century 21 has since issued a statement, which reads, “Century 21 does not create garment labels, the manufacturers do. It is the manufacturer’s responsibility to provide an accurate account of materials used in the garment and to be transparent with the consumer before his or her purchase. We respect the diligence of the Humane Society of the United States to uphold state and federal laws in regards to garment labeling.”