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Senate Passes Bill to Upgrade Fur Labeling Laws

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Senate Passes Bill to Upgrade Fur Labeling Laws

The U.S. Senate gave final approval recently to the Truth in Fur Labeling Act, which will upgrade the 60-year-old federal fur labeling law.

Currently, clothing companies are not required to disclose information on an item that features fur valued at $150 or less. As such, many fur-trimmed items often go unlabeled, with some even being labeled as "faux fur."

It is estimated that 13 percent of fur items sold this fall fell into the unlabeled category, according to New York Magazine.

"Consumers making well-informed decisions based on complete information is a cornerstone of a functioning market economy," Michael Markarian, COO of the Humane Society of the United States, wrote on the Huffington Post.

"Shoppers who may have allergies to fur, ethical objections to fur or concern about the use of certain species cannot make informed purchasing choices due to this gap in the current law," he added.

The House passed the bill in July. It now awaits President Barack Obama's signature in order to take effect.