Did you know that if a coat costs less than $150, the manufacturer isn’t required to disclose the type of fur that was used to make it? That means you have no idea whether you’re buying a fab faux or a coat made from dog fluff, the importation of which is illegal in the U.S. (Our own Olivia Lane found that out the hard way.)
That loophole caused a lot of hoopla recently, when major retailers were found to be selling coats labeled as containing faux fur when they actually contained the real stuff.
If you want to get a better handle on state and federal laws, mislabeling and the like, attend the panel discussion being held this Wednesday, Fur: Real or Faux? How Is a Consumer to Know? Panelists and moderators will include reps from HSUS, PETA and the ASPCA, plus lots of legal types. The event is from 6-9 p.m. in the Stimson Room of the New York City Bar Association, at 42 W. 44 St. (bet. 5th & 6th Ave.’s), and you can RSVP here.