Manolo Blahnik cava fur trimmed boots

The Humane Society of the U.S. claims that these Manolo Blahnik boots are actually lined with ocelot fur, an endangered species. Photo: Neimanmarcus.com

Fur buyers beware: The Humane Society of the U.S. filed a petition against Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) yesterday.

The petition alleges that both retailers are guilty of false advertising and the mislabeling of fur under the Fur Products Labeling Act.

It specifically points out a pair of Manolo Blahnik boots (shown right) trimmed with what both Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman call "cava fur."

But after some research, the Humane Society claims that there is no such thing as "cava fur" and that the boot -- currently for sale on both store's Websites -- is actually trimmed with ocelot fur, a species protected by the Endangered Species Act, and thereby illegal.

And this is not the first time the Humane Society has tried to enforce the Act on the luxury retailers -- the organization filed a petition in March 2007 to little effect.

The petition goes on to urge the FTC to take enforcement action against Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. and the stores it operates, i.e., Bergdorf Goodman, and the fur industry as a whole.

Are you the fur-free type? So is JCPenney, and you can read the retailer's decision to go PETA-friendly here.