Congress Passes Truth in Fur Labeling ActPosted 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.