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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.


  1. Comment by

    Jason Das

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    I’m pretty sure that although they don’t have to say what kind of fur is used in items under $150, they do have to say whether it’s fur or not.

  2. Comment by

    Roseann Marulli

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    Thanks, Jason. I think I accidentally condensed two thoughts, as in: (1) Though they’re required to tell you whether the fur is real or fake, they don’t have to tell you what animal the real fur came from if the coat costs less than $150; and with all the mislabeling going on, you can’t even be sure that a faux fur label will be an accurate one. Whew!