Written by PETA
The truth will set you free—free of any chance that you might accidentally buy real fur, that is. President Obama has signed the Truth in Fur Labeling Act into law, which now requires that all products containing any animal fur—no matter how little—be labeled by species and country of origin. Under the previous law, manufacturers weren't required to label or identify the fur as real on an article of clothing unless it cost more than $150, leaving people in the dark about whether they were buying real or faux fur.
Just ask Diddy. The music mogul had a "faux no" moment when he recently found out that jackets from his Sean John clothing line that were labeled as having fake trim actually contained raccoon dog fur (insert shudder here).
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Speaking of garments made of real fur, I'll leave you with comedian Elayne Boosler's take on the new law: "Congress passes Truth in Fur Labeling Act! From now on, every fur coat will have a label that says, 'This garment being worn by a shallow, narcissistic, selfish creature.'"
Written by Amy Skylark Elizabeth
Shoppers will soon be able to know, without a doubt, whether a furry garment is a fabulous fake or was ripped from an animal's back if President Obama signs into law a bill called the Truth in Fur Labeling Act.
The act would require all fur products to be labeled with the species of animal who was killed to make them as well as the products' country of origin and manufacturer, among other information. Currently, the labels of fur garments that cost less than $150 aren't required to provide this information, and some real furs are purposely mislabeled as faux (a sure sign that real fur has fallen out of fashion).
Let's hope that President Obama quickly signs this bill into law, because it will help compassionate consumers steer clear of the real (dead) thing while reminding all the Cruella de Vils out there which kinds of animals were killed for their coats. While we wait for the president's signature, we can take a stand against flaying animals for "fashion" by adding our own autographs to PETA's fur-free pledge.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post
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