Congress Passes Truth in Fur Labeling Act

Posted by Stephanie Ulmer, Guest Blogger on December 17, 2010

The Truth in Fur Labeling Act, written by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), was approved by the Senate on December 7, 2010 and is now on its way to President Barack Obama’s desk for his signature. The Act was previously passed by the House of Representatives in July. According to njtoday.net, the Act “will guarantee all fur products, regardless of cost, will be accurately labeled with the species of animal used, the manufacturer, the country of origin, and other information.”

Current legislation, which is many decades old, contains a loophole in federal law that allows most garments with animal fur to go without a label if the value of the fur is $150 or less, essentially allowing most clothing with fur trim to be sold without informing shoppers if they are buying faux or real animal fur. Nymag.com reports that, “In fact, an estimated 13 percent of fur items sold in the U.S. fall into this unlabeled category.” “This bill is more than just empowering consumers to be able to make informed decisions about where their dollars go, and this kind of labeling is more than just picking the right size or the preferred brand,” said Menendez on njtoday.net. “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.”

Supporters of the law, which had bi-partisan proponents in both the House and the Senate, predict it will be signed into law very soon.


3 thoughts on “Congress Passes Truth in Fur Labeling Act

  1. Cindy Wines says:

    This is a good law. Especially if it is DOG fur that comes from China. Any kind of fur is so bad.
    It is so archaic that we, as a society, use the skin or fur from an animal to make coats, purses, boots, belts, anything. It should all be faux or fake!!

  2. Frankie says:

    Yes! This is great, since there are some people out there who choose to wear fur anyways; now they can know if their fur comes from countries like Vietnam and such that engage in illegal trade and killing of endangered animals.

    For once I’m proud of my government :)

  3. C. T. says:

    It was passed by congress, but does anyone know if it WAS signed into law by Pres. Obama?