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Jay-Z Accused of

'Faux Fur' Fraud

1/16/2007 5:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0116_jayz_fur-2He had 99 problems, now Jay-Z has one more.

A jacket from Jigga's clothing line, Rocawear, allegedly has dog fur in its collar, even though it's advertised as having fake fur. According to an investigation by The Humane Society of the United States, the Hunter jacket on Rocawear.com contains real fur from a raccoon dog, a dog indigenous to Asia that The Humane Society claims are skinned alive for the coats, hence the uproar.

As of today, the $265 coat was still a "featured" item on the Rocawear website. Late last year, a similar investigation found that raccoon dog fur was being used in a coat in rap mogul P. Diddy's "Sean John" collection; that item was removed from stores within a few days.

Reps for Jay-Z and Rocawear could not immediately be reached for comment. The Humane Society said that it informed the company of the issue a week ago, but that they've taken no action.


UPDATE:
In a statement to TMZ, a spokesperson from Rocawear says, "We were not aware that our product included raccoon dog materials. We have immediately instructed all manufacturers and licensees that no product can be produced using this fur. In addition, we have removed those items from our website."

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1.

Rach    

I dont understand how people can have no feelings toward these animals that get skinned alive and tortured so bad that they chew off there own legs to escape there cages. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhXNiKIKLPk

2713 days ago
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honey2u    

Who the freak cares? Other than PETA......................

2745 days ago
3.

Doug    

Fur is bad enough (why should something die when there are a million other things that can keep you warm better?) but skinning alive man's best friend?

I really hope Jay-Z and Co didn't know about this. They'll have to remove this item immediately and cut ties with that company asap.

As for people who bought those coats thinking it was 'fun fur/fake fur/whatever you call it' ...wow, some good lawsuit potential there. I usually hate those lawsuits, but to find out you've been walking around with the skin of a tortured dog around your shoulders....that would mess with my mind, I know that!

2745 days ago
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Rachel    

F***ing jackasses. Yeah, dog fur. What kind of inhumane piece of sh*t would not stop this immediately upon being notified. Oh, that's right. These 2 lowlifes.

2745 days ago
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Whatever    

What an a**hole. The company has taken no action to remove the real fur from the stores? He needs to watch a video on how they skin the poor animals alive to get the fur.

2745 days ago
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CrazY DiamonD    

Anyone who wears real fur is INCREDIBLY TACKY. Period.

████ IT SHOULD BE BANNED ████

2745 days ago
7.

see for yourself    

watch the skinning footage for yourself at:

http://www.hsus.org/furfree/news/jay_z_raccoon_dog_fur.html

2745 days ago
8.

no pervs allowed    

You sure it wasn't fur from the indiginous ghetto canine Snoop Dogg,,,

2745 days ago
9.

Whatever    

Sad that some celebs are so greedy they allow animals to suffer for their vanity. Karma is a bitch.

2745 days ago
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Peter Coffin    

Like it's a crime to use dogfur in coats! HA!

2745 days ago
11.

Mad Balls    

Where do you think the hair goes after B-eyon-itch shaves her underarms and pubes ? Dickhead . JayZ had a good run , know he is getting the Ice-T disease . Expect to see JayZ on the next CSI - Kansas . wearing Fur is cruel . Much Nastier than me .
Dickheads .

2745 days ago
12.

Great Dane    

Awe damn, first he's dating a chick with HORSE hair....and now this....>shaking my head.....

What is the world coming too? Did he get the dog hair from the Chinese food place?

2745 days ago
13.

chena    

WHO GIVES A RACOON'S ASS !!

WE'RE AT WAR IN IRAQ,
THOUSANDS OF AMERICANS HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES SO THAT YOU AND I CAN LIVE IN PEACE
AND YOU THINK WE GIVE A RACOON'S ASS, LITERALLY
ABOUT DOG FUR.
HONESTLY, THIS ISSUE IS AT THE BOTTOM OF OUR PRIORITY LIST !!!

2745 days ago
14.

Whatever    

Number #8 educate yourself on how they get the fur and then tell us "who cares".

2745 days ago
15.

We, are not amused.    

honey #8:
"Who the freak cares? Other than PETA......................"
Do yourself a favor sweetheart. Do a google on "racoon dog" and follow the link that shows how their skins are obtained. I know that you will be amazed, and that you are just trying to show how you tough you are by saying "who cares". I didn't care either, but after seeing the suffering inflicted upon these animals, I care.
You have a heart don't you?

2745 days ago
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