I don’t like fake fur, anyway. I mean, why fake? If I can’t have real chinchilla, why do I want fake?
(I don’t think that’s the PETA attitude, is it, hmm.)
But this just makes me sick.
The Humane Society of the United States said it purchased coats from reputable outlets, such as upscale Nordstrom, with designer labels — Andrew Marc, Tommy Hilfiger, for example — and found them trimmed with fur from domestic dogs, even though the fur was advertised as fake.
“It’s an industrywide deception,” said Kristin Leppert, the head of the Humane Society’s anti-fur campaign.
Yes, believe it or not, Some ‘fake fur’ includes dog hair, animal rights group says.
Most of the fur came from China.
Why am I not surprised?
We stopped buying anything made in China a few years ago. American companies (WalMart, I’m looking at you) pressure their subcontractors and suppliers to go to China to get the cheapest prices. Meanwhile, entire industries in the US are shutting down. Some have said, “Let the Chinese do it; Americans need to regroup and redefine ourselves.”
Well, I’m starting out by defining myself this way:
I buy American if at all possible. When we’re standing at Home Depot comparing tools made in the US against tools made in China, the Resident Storm Chaser almost always thinks the American made are better quality to justify the extra expense. And the extra expense isn’t always that much. And even if it is? American. And if we do end up buying merchandise made elsewhere, it’s not China. (No, we don’t shop at WalMart, which was created as an “everything made in the USA” store but now is “everything is made in China” store. And when it was created, I didn’t think it was a big deal that everything was made in the US, but now? Oh hell yes, I think it’s a big deal.)
But. Back to the subject at hand.
Do the designers really not know that the fake fur isn’t fake? Is there truly nobody in their company who knows the deal with the devil they made?
And are there really that many Cruellas out there who just don’t give a damn?
Good lord, I hope not.
If you want dog fur to keep you warm?
Use the whole dog.
The love comes free.