The Fur Products Labeling Act requires that any garment made of fur list the type of animals used and the country in which the animals were killed.
However, a loophole in the law exempts garments made with up to $150 worth of fur from being labeled.
This is bad news for consumers because without proper labeling, they don't know whether a product contains real fur or faux fur particularly when today's processing techniques can make it nearly impossible for a person to tell the difference.
And its not just scrapsanimals are killed specifically for fur trim, which is commonly exempt under the loophole. Whats more, with rabbit pelts valued at as little as $5, an unlabeled garment can easily contain fur from multiple animals.
U.S. Representatives Mike Ferguson (R-NJ) and Jim Moran (D-VA) have introduced H.R. 4904, The Truth in Fur Labeling Act of 2006, which would close this loophole.
This bill would also be an added layer of protection against any illegal dog and cat fur coming into the country as trim on unlabeled garments.
Help give consumers the right to make informed choices about whether or not to wear fur. Join the Humane Society of the United States in urging your representatives to co-sponsor the Truth in Fur Labeling Act!
I strongly urge you to co-sponsor H.R. 4904, the Truth in Fur Labeling Act. Your support will help ensure that consumers can make informed decisions about the products they choose to purchase. Dyed fur, shaved fur, and other manipulations of animal fur make it very difficult to determine what is being sold in stores.
Consumers should have a right to know whether they are purchasing animal fur and if so, which country produced the fur used. I am concerned that dog and cat fur could be entering the country illegally as unlabelled fur trim.
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