More retailers who claim to be fur free have been selling real fur labelled as fake, an investigation by Sky News has revealed. A cross-party selection of MPs is now calling for a fur imports ban in the UK.
Sky News has been working with the charity Humane Society International (HSI) to highlight mass-farmed foreign fur being mislabelled as “faux” in UK stores for eight months.
Claire Bass, the charity’s executive director, told Sky News: “Brexit gives us the opportunity to close our borders to the cruel, unnecessary and outdated fur trade.
“We banned fur farming in the UK back in 2000, because it was deemed unethical. Why are we now paying countries like China and Poland to keep animals in those exact same conditions?”
Our joint investigation found that online fast fashion outlet Boohoo was selling £5 earrings advertised as faux fur, but testing by a fibres expert revealed it was mink.
The company was also selling two pairs of bridal shoes made from rabbit fur, even though it claims to have a no fur policy.
All the retailers highlighted told Sky News they have no-fur policies, would never knowingly mislead customers and have removed the items we notified them of.
Amazon said: “All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don’t will be subject to action including potential removal of their account. The products in question are no longer available.”
In April, Sky News revealed that fast fashion outlet Missguided and House of Fraser had both sold real animal fur advertised as synthetic, despite both companies claiming to be fur-free retailers.
A fibres expert found shoes sold by Missguided were most consistent with cat fur. Rabbit fur was also found to be mislabelled as “faux” in both retailers.
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