California Goes to War Against Fake Faux Fur

State bill would require all clothes to label any fur

By Sajid Farooq
|  Tuesday, Apr 6, 2010  |  Updated 11:00 AM PDT
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Do you know how much raccoon dog fur is in your jacket? Supervisor and current state Assemblywoman Fiona Ma wants to make sure you do.

The former San Francisco supervisor authored a bill passed that would require all clothes made with animal fur to carry special labels informing customers. Currently manufacturers are only required to label garments that have $150 or more of animal fur.

The Assembly passed the bill 47-7 to go beyond the federal standard. The bill will now go before the state Senate for final approval.

Ma said she introduced the bill because shoppers fall into the trap of thinking just because something is not labeled as fur it doesn't mean it is actually not fur.

If the senate approves the bill, California would join five other states in requiring fur to be labeled.

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