ALBANY, N.Y. — Any person, firm, partnership or corporation that knowingly imports, sells, manufactures, distributes or markets articles of clothing that include fur not correctly labeled as “faux fur” or “real fur” would face up to a $500 fine and a $1,000 fine for each subsequent violation under legislation introduced in the State Assembly.
According to Assemblywoman Linda B. Rosenthal (D., N.Y.), the bill’s sponsor, the legislation arises after an undisclosed major clothing manufacturer recently sold jackets containing raccoon dog fur that was mislabeled as fake fur.
The federal Fur Products Labeling Act provides that articles of clothing containing fur products valued at less than $150 are not subject to the act’s labeling requirements. This has led to an unintended loophole involving the marketing of clothing supposedly containing fake fur, when in fact the clothing contains real fur.
“This bill would ensure that consumers are able to make informed decisions regarding the purchase of articles of clothing containing fur and faux fur,” said Rosenthal.