Senate Passes Truth in Fur Labeling Act

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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154 comments

Jeanne R
Jeanne Rogersabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rogersabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rogersabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Jeanne R
Jeanne Rogersabout a year ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Mark Stevenson
Mark S7 years ago

I meant "How" not "Who".Too bad we cannot edit our comments.

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Mark Stevenson
Mark S7 years ago

Who do you know for sure fake fur is really fake? It's probably dog fur that the Chinese got by skinning dogs alive. I wear never wear fur, unless I was freezing to death and had no other choice!!!!!!

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Myraida Diaz
Myraida Diaz7 years ago

We can find offer of fur or leather from china on line. Complete pieces or scrapes. Whatever client wants. Have you seen those beautiful animals made with imitation fur? Exactly like a real animal? Would be good to examine them in a lab.
In this moment I think would be costly to create imitation and sell less than to kill strays or breed for leather and fur. Sadly, there is a market for fur. The best thing is to ask for a ban on all fur. You can make a coat from small pieces and nobody would notice.

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Karen F.
karen Friedman7 years ago

HSUS, PETA and others are doing their very best at stopping this practice of not telling consummers the truth about what they think they are buying. I applaud them in all of their efforts. Now it is up to the consummer to demand that the labeling be changed. NO Animal need to be worn as trim or as a complete garment , under any circumstance. IT's out and out cruelty, no matter how it is labeled. I didn't realize how much the faces of Racoon dogs look like my dogs face. It is so sad.

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nancy b.
Nancy B7 years ago

the very sad thing is that most people just don't care.

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Xil Lidom
Xil L7 years ago

I despise fur and feather in fashion and find anyone producing it, selling it or wearing it is a walking statement of cruelty, vanity and ignorace with a cry of pain lingering around them..

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