Full Statute Name:  Mckinney's Consolidated Laws of New York Annotated. General Business Law. Chapter 20. Of the Consolidated Laws. Article 26. Miscellaneous. § 399-aaa. Selling and manufacturing of fur-bearing articles of clothing

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Primary Citation:  McKinney's General Business Law § 399-aaa Country of Origin:  United States Last Checked:  January, 2024 Alternate Citation:  NY GEN BUS § 399-aaa Date Adopted:  2007 Historical: 
Summary: Makes it illegal for any person, firm, partnership or corporation to knowingly import, sell at retail or manufacture clothing with fur which is not properly labeled as containing "faux fur" or "real fur." Defines appropriate labeling by adding the appropriate description to the permanent tag attached to the clothing, a temporary tag to identify the clothing, or by affixing a sticker with the description in a conspicuous place on the clothing. Sets the maximum punishment to not exceed a $500 fine for the first violation and not to exceed $1000 for each subsequent violation.

1. For the purposes of this section the following terms shall have the following meanings:

(a) “faux fur” shall mean artificially manufactured fur which is made to resemble real fur but which is not derived from animals.

(b) “real fur” shall mean animal skin or part thereof with hair, fleece, or fur fibers attached thereto, either in its raw or processed state.

2. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, partnership or corporation to knowingly import for profit, sell at retail, offer for sale at retail, or manufacture articles of clothing which include, or have attached in any quantity and of any value, fur that is not labeled as being “faux fur” or “real fur”, or is incorrectly labeled.

3. Labeling of articles of clothing pursuant to this section may be accomplished by adding “faux fur” or “real fur” to the permanent tag attached to the clothing, to the temporary tag used by the merchant to identify the merchandise, or by affixing, in a conspicuous place, a sticker stating “faux fur” or “real fur” to the article of clothing itself.
Articles of clothing containing or having attached any quantity or value of “real fur” shall have certain disclosures on the label required in this section so as not to be considered misbranded under 15 U.S.C. 69b.

4. A violation of this section shall be punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars for the first violation and not more than two thousand dollars for each subsequent violation.

(Added L.2007, c. 611, § 1, eff. Nov. 13, 2007. Amended L.2016, c. 252, § 1, eff. Nov. 17, 2016.)


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