Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Garments containing animal fur have to be labeled, CA Senate
Garments containing animal fur have to be labeled, CA Senate
14
Aug '10
The CA Senate passed Assembly Bill 1656 with a bipartisan vote of 22 to 11. The bill, co-authored by Assemblywoman Fiona Ma (D-San Francisco) and Assemblymember Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) and sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), would require garments sold in California that are made of animal fur to say so on the label. Previously AB 1656 passed 59 to 11 in the Assembly and now heads to the Governor's desk.

AB 1656 was introduced after investigations in the Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento areas found unlabeled animal fur jackets for sale at well-known stores, in several instances being described by the salespeople as fake fur. Although a federal law requires labeling of most animal fur apparel, many fur-trimmed jackets are exempt under a loophole and do not currently require labeling.

“With more than one million items of clothing or accessories being sold with animal fur in the U.S. each year, it only makes sense that consumers know what kind of fur they are wearing,” said Assemblywoman Fiona Ma. “There is an assumption out there that if a garment isn't labeled it must be fake — this isn't always the case. People have a right to know if they are buying dog fur or a polyester blend. It shouldn't be a mystery.”

“Many consumers choose not to buy fur products because they have ethical objections or are allergic to animal fur,” said Assemblymember Lieu. “This bill will help consumers get the facts about the contents of these garments.”

In November 2009, an HSUS investigator accompanied a news crew in the Los Angeles area where it was discovered that unlabeled animal fur garments — as allowed by the current loophole — were being sold at stores including Bloomingdale's, Burlington Coat Factory and a children's boutique where the fur had been dyed pink.

“Right now, there are jackets for sale in California stores that say nothing on the label about the raccoon dog fur trimming the hood,” said Jennifer Fearing, The HSUS' California senior state director. “The Humane Society of the United States urges the governor to sign AB 1656 to grant consumers full disclosure about whether garments contain animal fur.”

In January 2010, unlabeled animal fur apparel – as allowed by the current federal loophole – was found in the San Francisco area, including Coach brand boots at Macy's; a dyed pink jacket by Bryan Bradley at Loehmann's; and Baby Phat, Rocawear and Utex brand jackets at Burlington Coat Factory. In Sacramento, an unlabeled Nicole Miller jacket was discovered at a Loehmann's.

If California enacts AB 1656, it would join Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Wisconsin and become the sixth state with a fur labeling law.

California State Assembly Democratic Caucus


Must ReadView All

FDI in Vietnamese textile-garment projects on the rise

Apparel/Garments | On 24th Jun 2018

FDI in Vietnamese textile-garment projects on the rise

The European Union-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and the Comprehensive ...

Courtesy: Alizilla

Apparel/Garments | On 24th Jun 2018

Alibaba Group sets up office in Kuala Lumpur

Strengthening its commitment to Malaysia, Alibaba Group has set up an ...

Bombay Dyeing plans to wind up Indonesian JV

Textiles | On 24th Jun 2018

Bombay Dyeing plans to wind up Indonesian JV

Bombay Dyeing & Manufacturing Co Ltd plans to wind up its loss making ...

Interviews View All

Mohammad Mamun Ar Rashid
UL VS Bangladesh Ltd

Productivity, creativity and innovation play a vital role in the growth of ...

Smith Vaghasia
Sanado India

Online remains the best destination for shopping

Amit Jain
Shingora Textiles Ltd

‘In terms of fabric, the fastest growing category for us is a blend of...

Rikesh Mistry

Jupiter Comtex Pvt Ltd, established in 1973, started its textile machinery ...

Harmeet Singh

New Delhi-based Jogindra Industries Private Limited provides an assortment ...

John Kelley

Textile Events is one of the largest textile fair in the United Kingdom,...

Eric Scholler
Groz-Beckert

The Indian market has huge potential in technical textiles, and by far,...

Ashok Desai
Bombay Textile Research Association

Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) is a leading name in textile...

Kerem Durdag
Biovation II LLC

Kerem Durdag, CEO, Biovation II LLC, provides an insight into future...

Jay Ramrakhiani
Occasions Elegance Wear

It is believed that by early 19th century, Varanasi weavers had moved away ...

Mike Hoffman
Gildan Activewear SRL

Gildan Activewear, a manufacturer and marketer of branded clothing and...

Ritu Kumar
Label Ritu Kumar

‘Classics will return’ "There are a lot of people wearing western clothes ...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

Leave your Comments


June 2018

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

news category


Related Categories:

Advanced Search