Target: Marc Jacobs
Goal: Compel Marc Jacobs to stop using animal fur in garments.
Marc Jacobs has recently come under fire for the sale of clothing deceivingly marked “faux.” The Humane Society of the United States and New York State Assembly member Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) have supported laboratory testing confirming Marc Jacobs’ fake fur garments are actually made of Chinese raccoon dog fur. Most famously, the New York Department store, Century 21, has carried mislabeled animal fur merchandise in violation of state and federal fur labeling laws. Rosenthal, the State Assembly member backing the investigation, authored a 2007 fur label law that orders all clothing sold in New York to be labelled as fake or real fur, and it’s country of origin. Rosenthal used a team and undercover video camera to reveal some of Marc Jacobs’ clothing without a label at all, and fur marked fake was actually rabbit, hare or an unidentified animal. Clothing by Marc Jacobs identified as using dog fur includes, ‘Save the Queen’ and ‘Trust Fund Baby’ jackets. Both jackets have been purchased online and in Manhattan boutiques, along with an unlabeled toddler cardigan made of rabbit fur.
The Chinese raccoon dog is an abundant fur farm good. Fur farms breed, skin animals alive, and make a profit from their fur. Fur farms may also drown, electrocute or beat to death an animal before reaping their fur. Chinese dog fur is known for its soft coat and is less expensive than fake fur. According to Fur Free Alliance, 1.5 million raccoon dogs are bred on fur farms in China.
Let’s urge Marc Jacobs to join fur free designers like, Betsey Johnson, Vivienne Westwood, Tommy Hilfiger, and Ralph Lauren. Marc Jacobs: allow animals to maintain their fur, and lives; keep animal fur off of people.
Dear Marc Jacobs,
You have recently sold products, both online and in New York Stores, with real fur that was falsely labelled fake. Thanks to an investigation by the Humane Society of the United States and New York State Assembly member Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), particular fur garments have been identified as belonging to Chinese dogs, rabbits, and other animals. This mislabeled merchandise violates both state and federal fur labeling laws. Linda Rosenthal, sponsor of the investigation, authored a 2007 law that orders all clothing sold in New York to be accurately labelled as fake or real fur, and its country of origin.
Stop selling dog fur merchandise. Better yet, stop use of all animal fur for all of your garments. I am urging you to publicly apologize for the deceiving use of dog fur, and commit to abstaining from use of any animal fur.
[Your Name Here]
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