Fashion retailer Boohoo has been warned by the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) after it was caught advertising clothes containing animal products as fake fur.
A complaint from Humane Society International (HSI) claimed the pom poms on a women’s jumper sold by Boohoo contained animal fur, yet the company was misleading customers by advertising it as faux fur.
HSI tweeted: “SHOCKINGLY CHEAP FUR = SHOCKING CRUELTY Rabbit fur sold as FAKE fur for £2.69 and £7.00 by retailers. @ASA_UK ruling upholds our complaint this is misleading & unacceptable.”
The ASA carried out tests and found the company breached advertising rules about ‘misleading advertising’ and ‘substantiation’.
Boohoo said in a statement it had a strong commitment against the sale of real fur in any of its products, and that the company was led to believe the product was free from animal fur.
According to reports the jumper was obtained from an external supplier had signed a contract pledging not to supply any animal products.
The jumpers have been removed from sale following the warning.
A Boohoo spokesperson said: “We uphold our commitment against the sale of real fur in any of our products and continue to investigate the matter internally and with the supplier in question, and we do so as a matter of priority.”
Boohoo is not the only firm which came under fire for misleading advertising. An Alter Ego Faux Fur Pom Pom Headband made by Zacharia Jewellers was also found to contain real fur.
Recently, many top fashion designers and retailers have ditched animal fur – including Burberry, Gucci, Michael Kors, Diane von Furstenberg and John Galliano.
And an ethical fur advert was also banned by the French Board of Advertising Ethics in November last year as activists celebrated the ‘inevitable demise’ of the industry.
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