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Retail update: ‘Ocelot’ was an error, store says

Oklahoman Modified: August 20, 2009 at 12:47 am •  Published: August 20, 2009
DALLAS — Neiman Marcus says an editing mistake led to some women’s boots being described on Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman Web sites as trimmed with the fur of an endangered species. Neiman Marcus spokeswoman Ginger Reeder says the Dallas-based company is looking into the matter. The Humane Society of the U.S. on Wednesday said it was asking the Federal Trade Commission to investigate. The Humane Society says fur from an ocelot, a wild cat with tawny fur and black spots, would be illegal to sell under the Endangered Species Act. Reeder says Neiman has pulled the boots off the market pending an investigation. She says it appears the trim actually is goat hide dyed with an ocelot print. The Humane Society’s Pierre Grzybowski says they still would like the FTC to investigate. The FTC did not immediately return a call for comment Wednesday.