Fake Fake Fur That's Actually Real Fur is Confusing Everyone

By Gary Cutlack on at

The Commons Environment Committee is launching an inquiry into fake fur on sale in the UK, suggesting that some fake fur is actually real fur that's being marketed as fake fur -- presumably because skinning a fox in some unregulated backwater is cheaper than importing a nice roll of the fake stuff.

Real fur is allowed to be imported and sold in the UK, but the extremely specific problem of fake fake fur is the one they're looking at. Apparently some fake fur items offered for sale in the UK have been constructed with genuine fur instead, which isn't particularly clever morally speaking and could be dangerous for anyone who gets a bit wheezy around pets.

Neil Parish from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, said: "Reports in recent weeks that real fur is being sold as fake fur concerns us greatly, and so we have chosen to formally inquire into the matter. Retailers have a duty of care to their customers who have the right to know what they are buying. Our inquiry will determine where responsibility lies for the increase in illegal fur sales, and identify the steps that need to be taken to stop it in its tracks."

Sky News and Humane Society International led the unmasking of the fake fake fur scam, finding that the likes of Boohoo, House of Fraser and TK Maxx were selling items supposedly made with faux fur that were actually using the peeled-off-animals variety instead. [GOV via BBC]