The Truth in Fur Labeling Act (H.R. 2480) was unanimously passed last week — December 7 — by the U.S. senate and is on its way to President Obama for signature. This law requires all fur products to be labeled with the species of animal, country of origin, manufacturer and other information.
The problem with the existing law is the exception it allows for fur valued at less than $150. A label informing the consumer about the type of fur is not required. Many fur-trimmed items like coat collars, hats and gloves are below that price.
Those items are often mislabeled as faux fur, raccoon or coyote when they are actually domestic dog, cat, wolf or raccoon dog. According to the Federal Trade Commission, one in every eight garments falls into this category.
The HSUS, PETA and many other animal welfare groups have been advocating for a very long time for stricter labeling requirements on fur products. Now consumers will be given the correct information from which to make an informed purchasing decision.
The new law does include an exemption for hunters and trappers who sell handmade items at flea markets and county fairs. It also directs the FTC to establish rules and updating of the Fur Products Name Guide to ensure the correct species is indicated.
Wearing fur as fashion is an inherently cruel act. Many of the animals raised on factory fur farms are stunned by beating their head against a hard surface and end up being skinned alive. Do you want to be a part of that? Consumers will now have the ability to correctly determine if the product they are buying came from an animal or not.
Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) — one of the sponsors of this bill – said “This is about allowing consumers to make decisions about whether they want to support a practice – a practice that, given all the facts, so many would be adamantly opposed to.”
Send an email to President Obama respectfully asking him to sign this bill.
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