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(US/wi) Animal rights group targets Kohl's

An animal-advocacy organization is trying to use stockholder leverage to press Kohl's Corp. into swearing off fur.

The Humane Society of the United States has placed a shareholder proposal on the agenda of the big retailer's annual meeting. The resolution asks shareholders to encourage the company to develop a policy by the end of the year to prohibit the sale of products that use animal fur.

The Kohl's board opposes the measure.

In its resolution, the animal-protection group, which is not affiliated with any local humane societies, including those in Wisconsin, said Kohl's "appears to be out of step" with companies that have animal-fur policies.

The resolution names several retailers, including Kohl's competitors JC Penney and Sears, that the Humane Society of the United States says have pledged to be fur-free. Neither firm responded Wednesday to a request for comment.

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