On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate gave final approval to the Truth in Fur Labeling Act, a bill requiring that all clothing companies fully disclose the species of animal from which any and all fur garments are made. Under current law, fur garments valued at $150 or less (this often includes many fur-trimmed garments) do not have to specify whether they are made from real or faux fur. It is estimated by the FTC that one out of every eight fur garments is improperly labeled. Michael Markarian, Executive Vice President of the Humane Society of the United States, breaks this down in a scary way:
At recent pelt prices, that means a jacket could have fur on its collar or cuffs from 30 rabbits ($5 each), nine chinchillas ($16 each), three foxes ($50 each), or three raccoon dogs ($45 each),and be sold without a label indicating the fur species.