Jay-Z Accused of Using Dog Fur in Rocawear Clothing Line
According to an investigation by the Humane Society of the United States, the "Hunter" jacket in the Rocawear line contains real fur from a raccoon dog, although it is advertised as fake fur. The Humane Society claims that the dog, which is indigenous to Asia, is skinned alive to obtain the fur for the coats.
The Brooklyn-born rapper has something in common with fellow hip-hop mogul Sean "P.Diddy" Combs, whose Sean John line was also accused of using fur from the same type of dog on their hooded snorkel jackets in a similar investigation by the Humane Society. Sean John removed the jackets from all Macy's retail stores as a result of the claim.
The "Hunter" jackets, which can be found on the company's site Rocawear.com, is still a featured item on the site as of Tuesday (January 16) and sells for $265. According to the Fur Products Labeling Act, retailers who advertise or sell a product that is falsely labeled is subject to having their merchandise seized, may face criminal charges and can be forced to pay fines of up to $5,000 per violation.