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Diddy catches heat for fur on coats
Macy's has stopped selling two styles of Sean "Diddy" Combs' Sean John hooded jackets because the coats, which originally were advertised as using faux fur, were found to be made from the fur of a species called the "raccoon dog." The Humane Society of the United States revealed earlier this month that Macy's, Burlington Coat Factory and Loehmann's were selling coats advertised as containing faux fur but actually contained real fur that is visually similar to raccoon dogs killed inhumanely in China. The latest discovery was a Sean John hooded snorkel jacket that was selling for $237.99 at Macy's website. Customers were informed that the coat had an "imitation rabbit fur collar" and the materials were identified as "Nylon/faux fur/goose down." But when investigators from the Humane Society purchased the coat and it arrived, they found that the labels read "Made in China" and "genuine raccoon fur." The Humane Society found the same jacket, with the same label, in a Macy's store in New York City. "It is well documented that the killing of animals in China for their fur is inhumane and barbaric - in fact, among the most gruesome images of animal killing I have ever witnessed," said Humane Society president and CEO Wayne Pacelle. "We also know that the Chinese fur industry kills untold numbers of cats and dogs -- including a dog that looks like a raccoon - for export. The U.S.-based retail industry must step away from this disreputable, ugly business and stop selling coats with fur trim." After submitting the fur from Diddy's coat for DNA testing, the results confirmed earlier this week that it originated from a raccoon dog, which are often abused and skinned alive in China. The mislabeling of a fur product is a violation of federal law. "I was completely unaware of the nature of this material, but as soon as we were alerted, the garments were pulled off the Macy's floor and website," Diddy said in a released statement. "I have instructed our outerwear licensee to cease the production of any garments using this material immediately. I appreciate the tireless work that the Humane Society does and would like to thank them for bringing attention to this issue."

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