Wholesale retail outlets like Nordstrom are now charging consumers to get their fur coats in stock.
The new law, which took effect last week, has angered fur-market shoppers and fur-dealers.
“The fur coat is a commodity that consumers have a right to be able to buy at their own pace,” said John Gagnon, a vice president at Fur Coat, a nonprofit that fights for animal rights.
“It should not be a burden on businesses to put a tax on what they sell.
It’s unfair to consumers.”
But consumers who shop in online stores, and who shop for fur coats at pet stores and flea markets, are exempt from the new tax.
In a statement, Nordstrom said that its “consumers are able to purchase any fur coat from a number of retailers in the U.S. and internationally,” and that the company has “always and will continue to take responsibility for the quality and care of its products.”
And it noted that consumers “can still find affordable and stylish fur coats online.”
The fur-coat tax has been a flashpoint in a fierce debate over the fur trade, one that has seen heated debates over the fate of the iconic American black-and-white striped coat, and the fur-selling industry itself.
The fur trade has seen an explosion in popularity over the past two decades, and fur is now a $2.3 billion industry.
But the fur market is also one of the most profitable for companies like Walmart, where the company’s profits in 2014 topped $1.5 billion.
But it’s also one that’s been plagued by price gouging and corruption scandals.
Last year, a federal court ruled that Walmart must pay $15 million to the U,S.
Treasury for defrauding the Treasury Department by inflating the value of Fur Coat stock.
(The company’s stock price has since fallen.)
The fur industry has also been hit by a series of other scandals.
A federal audit last year found that the National Fur Dealers Association was not registered with the U.,S.
Securities and Exchange Commission and was not required to disclose its finances.
And last year, The Washington Post reported that the fur industry was under investigation for a series in which retailers were charging fur dealers for fur products that were not available in the fur markets.
But in March, a settlement was reached that allowed Fur Coat to continue selling its fur products.
The company is still being investigated for the fur scandal, which was first reported by the New York Times.
A spokesperson for Fur Coat told HuffPost that the new fur tax is a “significant policy change that is not going to affect our ability to meet our customers’ needs.”
“The fact that they are charging consumers more does not mean we are going to stop our work to raise awareness about the plight of fur in the United States,” said Gagnons office director, David R. Roper, who said he hopes the fur tax “is a step in the right direction.”
“We are hopeful the fur coat industry will finally learn from its mistakes and recognize that consumers should be able go out and buy fur coats.”