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New "right to know" on animal fur in your clothes - 2011-05-13

Consumers will be able to tell whether fur trims and linings in the clothes they buy come from real animals, after new rules passed by the European Parliament this week.

At present someone buying clothing that includes fur-type materials may not be able to tell whether it is based on a synthetic material or is in fact real fur.

New EU rules, which will be phased in over the coming two and half years, will mean if an item that includes material derived from an animal will need to declare so on its label.

The move has been welcomed by animal rights groups, including the RSPCA.

Catherine Stihler MEP, Labour's spokesperson on the European Parliament's consumer protection committee, welcomed the change: "This isn't about telling people what to wear, it is about making sure they are told what they are buying. We want to ensure that consumers are able to make an informed choice.

"We know that many people have serious concerns about fur farming, so they would be horrified to think that their purchasing power might be supporting the practice. These changes will help fashion lovers go out there and buy with confidence."

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