Diddy Sorry About “Faux Fur” Coat Made of Dog

We posted recently about the Humane Society’s investigation into the widespread use of canine fur from China in clothes sold in the US. One coat in particular was made by Diddy’s line “Sean Jean” and was initially labeled “faux.” Tests prove the coat uses dog fur.

Diddy has apologized for the use of the material:

    “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. I have instructed our outwear 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.”

Sean Jean is not the only clothing label to use fur from China—where there are fewer animal rights laws. According to the Humane Society: “China currently ranks as the leading exporter of fur and supplies half of all of the fur products that enter the United States for sale. Animals documented as raised and killed in China–in barbaric ways–include dogs, cats, foxes, mink, and, of particular note, raccoon dogs, a species of canine whose fur resembles raccoon.”

The Fur Products Labeling Act prohibits the advertising or sale of any fur product that is falsely or misleadingly labeled, and authorizes the Federal Trade Commission to seek criminal penalties, impose fines of up to $5,000 per violation and to seize mislabeled products. —MEGHANN MARCO(Thanks, malatron)

Major Retailers Are Selling Mislabeled Fur Coats [Humane Society]
Puffy Responds To Furry Controversy [Perez Hilton]

Previously: Sean John Sells Dog Fur Jacket as “Faux”


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  1. Fuzzy_duffel_bag says:

    when is he going to apologize for that Godzilla song and “I’ll be missing you?”

  2. acambras says:

    Omigod — the collar on that coat Diddy’s wearing? It looks… it looks… it looks JUST like Sparky, the puppy that Santa brought me in 1987.

    But my parents told me that Sparky went to live on a FARM and be happy with lots of other puppies!!!! :-(

  3. pestie says:

    I’m pretty sure the name of the label is Sean John.

  4. brilliantmistake says:

    It is Sean John. Also, raccoon dogs are neither dogs nor raccoons. I hate to nit pick (again), but it’s like saying a fox is a dog. You’re in the ballpark, but quite there. Ironic, in a story about mislabeling.

  5. malatron says:

    a raccoon dog is a raccoon dog. a member of the canine family. it’s not a dog like sparky, but a dog nonetheless. a raccoon dog.

  6. brilliantmistake says:

    It’s no more a dog than a fox, coyote, wolf, or jackal.

  7. I must reply only because there have been three comments discussing the nature of racoon dogs, foxes, coyotes, wolves, and jackals. Lets look at some scientific facts here.

    Wolf = Carnivora Canidae Canis lupus
    Dog = Carnivora Canidae Canis lupus (familiaris)
    Coyote = Carnivora Canidae Canis latrans
    Jackal = Carnivora Canidae Canis aureus, aureus, mesomelas simensis
    Raccoon Dog = Carnivora Canidae Nyctereutes procyonoides
    Red Fox = Carnivora Canidae Vulpes vulpes

    So morecoffee is correct when he states that the raccoon dog is no more a dog than the list that followed. However, lumping those together as if they were all completely different could be misleading.

    My question is: Which one of these animals is socially acceptable to use for fur?

    Why do some feel that it is okay to use the fur of one animal but not the other? If you dont use any animal skin at all then fine, that makes sense from a ethical standpoint. But to use some and not others?? Are we drawing the line at Canis? Is that why there are many furs made from raccoon dogs and foxes?

  8. x23 says:

    more importantly.


    (probably doesn’t let you fly though. sadly.)