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Obama Signs Truth in Fur Labeling Act

Written by PETA | December 29, 2010

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.’”

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  • Rebecca says:

    That’s a start.. if only then would just make outsourcing and the importing shit from China illegal… Although the States treats their livestock almost as cruel so, I can see why they don’t give enough shits. The world is so full of evil it makes me embarrassed to be a part of it…

  • Skye says:

    Can someone PLEASE tell me when this law will go into active effect? Or has it already done so by now?

  • A says:

    Oh, and PS Jennifer, you are an idiot. Don’t start sharing your opinion when you don’t even have all the facts.

  • A says:

    “Diddy” buys his mother REAL fur clothing, so I doubt he really gave a crap about his jackets having real fur or not.

  • Greg says:

    Fantastic news!!!!

  • Nero says:

    @hannibal the cannibal What– Really? Why the freak are you even HERE if you’re going to say somthing like that? In case you are blind, this is PETA, where peole who accually TRY to help God’s beautiful creatures. Only a friggin’ neanderthal would wear fur.

  • Canaduck says:

    We need a law up here in Canada. Cat and dog fur is sold legally here under misleading names. P.S. Jennifer clearly hasn’t actually read anything about the fur industry, which even admits itself that most of its fur doesn’t come from “meat” animals.

  • vegan2011 says:

    rare cudos to barrack….diddy by big white booty he did not know.,…sorry dont believe that….

  • PETA says:

    Re: Jennifer. Fur is not a by-product of the meat industry. Instead, fur comes from an animal on a fur farm or from one who was trapped in the wild. These industries, therefore, should be shunned since they torture animals–including cats and dogs–for no purpose except their skin. To learn more about the fur industry, please read: http://www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/fur.aspx.

  • Jennifer says:

    Wow. Another idiotic thing done by our stupid president. I reckon y’all really hate the Indians then, huh? Because they not only did what God intended and ate meat, but they didn’t kill more than they needed for food, and used EVERY part of the animal, including the hides/furs for clothing and blankets. I think the REAL people that should be shunned are those that kill animals ONLY for their fur. That is bad killing! But if we kill an animal for food, and use that same animals hide for food or clothing, that is what God intended.

  • amanda says:

    I think that this is great news. I do find it interesting that I saw no animal group, PETA included, mention that Obama said that Micheal Vick deserves a second chance and he was glad that he was doing a great job. Too bad the animals didn’t get a second chances before they were drowned, electrocuted, and beaten by him. Good going, Obama. Animal groups should be ashamed for bypassing this one. Animal issues should be non-partisan.

  • carla says:

    People who wear fur are idiots.

  • alice in wonderland says:

    the link i posted below made me SICK. I urge you all to take a look at it . . http://www.fur-fair.com/en/

  • janeym says:

    Well guys,I guess this is a step in the right direction, as I have often thought animal fur is turning up all over,Iv long suspected New Look,+ Select Stores(UK)for using it in trimming,though,thier label claims faux,though I cant know for certain.

  • Willette says:

    This is a great step. Now if we could just go further and outlaw fur wearing (unless you’re still living on an icefloe somewhere wrapped in a reindeer skin…). And I LOVE the quote!!

  • Wake up! says:

    I think people have a narrow focus when it comes to things. Worrying about Faux vs fake fur should be the Least of our worries right now. Although I do agree things should be labeled correctly, how about “organic or green products” etc., that don’t need to have hardly anything done to fall in these catagories. It’s all a sales sham to get YOU the consumer to jump on board and buy into the “new” way they would like you to buy. Obama hasn’t done anything positive since he took office. People better wake up and look at the bigger picture like healthcare, Net Neutrality,economic packages that are being passed without anyone giving a crap. In a few years, you’ll awaken to a country you no longer recognize because you were busy watching the left hand, as the right hand of our government ruins the future for all of our children. Not that goes for both Dems and Repubs…they are both cut from the same cloth.

  • Gina says:

    Yay for Mr. President! That’s so wonderful…

  • Andrew Taylor says:

    Great! Now everyone reading this, go to PETA’s boycott DKNY website and bombard the Donna Karan ba57ards with e-mails.

  • cathy says:

    That is totally awesome! FINALLY! When will the act be put into full affect?

  • animal lover says:

    I hope there’s a plan to label other products too – when you buy little mouse toys for your cat, they may be real fur (and coming from China, you can’t be sure if they are made from cat, dog, rabbit or what). Can you imagine killing a cat to make a fake mouse toy for your cat to play with??  Yuck.

  • Hannibal the cannibal says:

    A shameful act by the president.Real fur is better than faux fur-just ask the animals…

  • African says:

    Was P Diddy literally horrified finding that out?

  • Rosie says:

    Hahahahahaha! The last line totally made me laugh! Can I give a thumbs up for President Obama here? :)

  • C says:

    Anyone know about the laws in Australia?

  • Eva Karakostas says:

    I really like this post and good for Obama doing this. As a vegetarian and a huge supporter of animal rights, I wouldn’t want to be wearing real fur and when I buy ‘faux’ fur, I want to make sure 100% that it’s fake.

  • Gala says:

    This is awsome! Now everyone can be sure of exactly what they’re wearing. If people start buying the faux fur that’s labeled right, then it could send a message to others. Finally, the president did something for the good of the people.

  • Chai says:

    This is a start, thank god we have people in power positions that care enough to make changes…we all need to keep trying to get the Chinese government to stop the abuse and killing all togther…we don’t need fur to survive it’s barbaric and lots of people are clueless of what’s happening…keep the world aware until change is made to these innocent animals!

  • Michele says:

    This is GREAT news! Now if only the Canadian government would get into this century and enact the same legislation. Of course the only reason they won’t, is because it would affect the commercial seal slaughter.

  • Tod says:

    This is finally a great step in the right direction. Now people can actually know that they buy a product that has a dog, cat, mouse or any living creature in our society, Hats off to Obama.

  • ashli says:

    i love it!!!! :)

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