JCPenney adYou might recall that, back in 2006, JCPenney was in some hot water with animal activists after some of their clothing labeled as having raccoon fur actually had fur from raccoon dogs, a species of dog in China. Well, the department store has been working hard to make up for its furry gaffe and has now announced that they are fur-free.

JCPenney is the first "traditional" department store to go fur-free, although other companies like Overstock.com and New York's Henri Bendel eliminated fur products last year.

As our pals at Green Daily pointed out, perhaps Tim Gunn, who has spoken out against the use of fur before, will start clothing folks at JCPenney. Hey, we're all for animal- and recession-friendly stores these days, and see no reason why he shouldn't be, too!