EU passes historic fur labelling bill, USA closes loophole




It is going to be easier for European and American consumers to recognize real fur and leather products under new labelling legislation.



Within 2 1/2 years, manufacturers who use fur within the European Union (EU) will be forced to have the phrase, “contains non-textile parts of animal origin” on labels for leather jackets or coats trimmed with real fur.

This spring in the United States, a loophole in the six-decade-old federal fur labeling law that previously allowed many animal fur garments to go unlabeled if the value of the fur was $150 or less, was closed. All fur-trimmed garments will now meet the same labelling standard.



The passage of both of these bills will help eliminate confusion regarding the use of ‘faux fur’ and will assist ethical shoppers in making informed choices.



We remain hopeful that this legislation will also pave the way for our Canadian government to take similar action.

To help encourage transparency for Canada’s fur trade, including labelling laws, send your concerns to your Member of Parliament (MP).

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