New Fur Labeling Act in Effect

The new Truth in Fur Labeling Act (H.R.2480) allows the Federal Trade Commission to examine all clothing and apparel which may include fur. The Federal Trade Commission can require the manufacturer to state which contents of animals are involved in the production, identifying the species and countries. The old Fur Products Labeling Act of 1951 allowed fur representing a "relatively small quantity or value" to be included in products without being labeled. Retailers are permitted to comply with the legislation by next year. Congressman Jim Moran (D) Virginia sponsored the bill, which was signed by President Obama on December 18, 2010. The legislation has come after advocates such as the Humane Society and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals supported it for protecting animals and bringing knowledge about faux fur products within the fashion industry. Many faux fur product sellers mistakenly sell animal products and the new law will allow both sellers and consumers to know what is in the product.

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