Relevant for: Softlines
On 23 April 2018, Canada proposed Bill C-400, An Act to amend the Textile Labelling Act (animal skin, hair and fur)1, requiring specific labelling of textiles made with animal skin, hair or fur.
Brian Masse, Windsor West MP, introduced the bill to amend the Textile Labelling Act2. The proposed amendment incorporates ‘animal skin’ in the definition of textile fibre and requires mandatory labelling to disclose animal skin, fur, and hair; in particular, the labelling of cat and dog fur and hair. With this disclosure, consumers in Canada will know if the textile article contains animal skin, fur or hair, before making their purchase decision.
He mentioned that every year approximately two million dogs and cats are killed for their fur, and their skins are used to make trim on coats, toys, hats, and figurines. These are products often originating in Asia and exported all over the earth.