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A dog? A raccoon? Either way, pretty cute – I mean coat.

Not so much cute here.

Not so much cute here.

The Humane Society has been battling J.C. Penney over those same Sean John coats advertised as “faux fur” and later found to include fur from “raccoons.” The HSUS and J.C. Penney both sent the fur to be tested and the labs confirmed that the fur originates from Chinese raccoon dogs. Although they’re canines, the dogs are not a domestic breed and are therefore not technically protected under the Dog and Cat Protection Act of 2000.

But while J.C. Penney is abiding by that law, they’re 1. claiming the dogs are actually “raccoons” (there’s no relation) and 2. blotting out the word “raccoon” on the coat’s tags, which 1. is illegal under the Fur Products Labeling Act of 1951 and 2. makes no damn sense. At least Macy’s pulled the coats from store shelves.

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