Dog Fur Found in Sean John Jackets

on Dec 29, 2010 @ 11:08 am

Raccoon dogs — which are not domestic animals — are a breed of dog that closely resemble racoons and are indigenous to

If this isn't bad enough, apparently the Humane Society tested a range of fur-trimmed jackets sold at major retailers and 9 out of 10 garments (which were labeled as raccoon or coyote) tested positive as raccoon dog fur.



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WOW on Dec 29, 2010 @ 11:16 am

Did it say how we can tell if we have raccoon dog on our coats?
Both my son's just bought new coats and the both have fur around the hoods.
I never looked to see where they were made, I guess I should now!!

It didn't say on Dec 29, 2010 @ 11:22 am

I don't think there's any way to tell at home, it sounds like you need to run tests to determine the type of fur.

Yuck on Dec 29, 2010 @ 11:30 am

I hate even the thought of my boy's walking around with a dog on they're backs, even if it is a wild dog.
Some people can be so sick! Thanks for the heads up Cathy.
I think I might just give our Humane society a call and see if they can tell me anything.
It can't hurt.

Ali de Bold
That's really disturbing on Dec 29, 2010 @ 11:33 am

Cathy, do you have a link where people can read more about this?

So sad. on Dec 29, 2010 @ 11:44 am

It always makes me so sad when I hear/read about things like this. I have seen several videos online showing how they treat those poor animals which have left me speechless.

..... on Dec 29, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

I totally agree with all of the ladies here, that is sad and definitely disturbing as well. It just goes to show that we really have to be careful with what we buy these days and ask more questions about what it is, where it comes from, etc.

oops on Dec 29, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

I forgot to source my info. You can read more here:

shagtownlady on Dec 29, 2010 @ 12:25 pm

I couldn't agree with you more. I think it's our responsibility as consumers to find out how and where the items we buy were made. We often get caught up in the "Sale, sale, sale!" frame of mind that we forget to do that.

... on Dec 29, 2010 @ 01:00 pm

Oh that is just terrible! It's actually more than that, it's an outrage. Many people would actually opt to buy faux fur over real fur out of their love for animals, and to find out that they've essentially been lied to is just wrong.

Also, you would think a label like Sean Jean would have thorough knowledge and control over their manufacturing sources - especially after the child labour fiasco!

to the more basic question on Dec 29, 2010 @ 01:05 pm

In my opinion, it wouldn't matter if this was a wild dog or a domesticated one. You either are okay with fur products or you aren't. Knowing where the item came from will hopefully also give you an indication of the standards used in euthanizing these animals (ie. how are the live animals kept? what method do they use to kill them? etc).

Note: I'm not getting into the ethics of animal product use regardless of the method, just trying to point out that there are businesses that treat the animals in differing ways. The same is true of leather products - just because the cow was going to be used as food anyway does not make the leather gained from its hide any more "ethical". It's a general question of "are you okay with animal products?"

Having said that, the label should say if the fur or label is genuine or not. Does it matter which animal it came from? It also should say in which country the product was manufactured, and you should be able to learn from the website of the brand if they have any standards in place when it comes to the animal product sourcing. Hint: if they are silent on the subject, chances are the news isn't rosy.

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