Online shoppers are being sold goods made from “fake fur” that is actually real.
Humane Society International/UK researchers bought 11 items from Amazon, eBay, Shein, Romwe, Just Your Outfit, Boho Style and Danielli, which had real fox, mink and racoon fur.
They included £30.48 “vegan faux fur” slippers from Boho Styles, which were made of fur, most likely from foxes. A £10.99 pullover and a £2.49 keychain from Shein also wrongly claimed to be fake fur, as did “faux fur” flip flops on sale on Amazon, and a £16.99 pair of slippers from eBay.
Claire Bass, of Humane Society International/UK, which is working with the Mirror to ban fur products, said: “Would-be ethical shoppers can’t shop online with confidence and avoid inadvertently buying real fur.”
She added: “The ‘fake faux fur’ scandal continues, meaning would-be ethical shoppers can’t shop online with confidence and avoid inadvertently buying real fur.
“It’s extremely disappointing that several well-known retailers still haven’t cleaned up their act, clearly a greater deterrent is needed to stop them mis-selling cruel fur.
“Fur farming is rightly banned in the UK, but as long as animal fur from overseas is allowed to be sold here, we are complicit in the cruelty, and creating a minefield for shoppers who wholeheartedly reject that cruelty.
We urge the government to bring forward plans to implement a fur sales ban in the UK so that British consumers can trust that their ethical purchasing decisions are not in vain”.
A spokesman for eBay said they were sorry ” a seller has been misleading buyers in this way” and said customers who had bought these items were eligible for a refund via their money back guarantee.
Amazon said it has removed the products in question and added: “Third party sellers are required to follow all applicable laws and regulations. Those who violate our policies are subject to action including potential removal of their account.”