Coat seller pledges donation of $100,000 to Humane Society


BURLINGTON, N.J. -- Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp., the biggest U.S. coat seller, stung by reports that it was selling parkas trimmed with dog fur, said it will donate $100,000 to the Humane Society.

Burlington said it would work with the Humane Society to push for federal legislation requiring labeling of all fur products and banning imports of dog and cat fur. The company said it would have petitions addressed to the U.S. Congress in all its stores for customers to sign.

Burlington said Tuesday it pulled about 340 fur-trimmed parkas off its shelves and offered to take back 140 parkas already sold, after the Washington-based Humane Society told the company the clothing was trimmed with dog fur from China. Burlington said it was "victimized by one of its suppliers," who substituted Mongolian dog fur for coyote fur.

"We are redoubling our efforts to make sure this does not happen again," the company said in a statement. Burlington also said it will check the labels of all fur products it orders, and require certificates of authenticity from suppliers.

Pub Date: 12/18/98

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