Furry Christmas everybody
Stores pull Christmas decorations off the shelves after reports they contain cat, dog and fox fur Supermarket chain Netto has stopped selling miniature furry squirrels and reindeer after allegations the made-in-China Christmas decorations are made with fur from cats, dogs...
Netto director Morten Kaas explained the company had been told the decorations, which are advertised in this week’s Netto catalogue ranging in price from 25 to 35 kroner, were made from cow hair.
But shoppers will not be able to find them on the shelves after suspicions were raised about their Chinese origin. A mass text message sent around yesterday implied that they were made from illegal animal hair.
‘The fur (from foxes, dogs and cats) is removed while the animal is still alive and it dies about 10 minutes after the removal from the pain – this is a gruesome death,’ read the message.Importing dog and cat hair products to the EU has been forbidden since 2007.
The text message found its way to a Netto employee who brought it to the attention of the chain’s director Morten Kaas. The director decided to remove the decorations from stores until the claim was verified.
‘According to our information, the figurines are made with cow hair, but as there is doubt about it, we’ve decided to stop the sale of the products and remove them from stores until we have verified our documentation,’ Kaas said.
Customers who already bought the products can return them to Netto stores for a refund.
It is still unknown where the text message originated from.