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A Bill has Been Introduced to Ban Fur Sales in New York

by | March 28, 2019

New York lawmaker and animal activist, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal has introduced a bill that would ban fur sales in New York by 2021. According to an article New York Post, Rosenthal has said that ‘fur has become unfashionable because people object to the slaughter of furry animals.’

A Bill has Been Introduced to Ban Fur Sales in New York
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A Bill has Been Introduced to Ban Fur Sales in New York

In an Assembly bill memo, Rosenthal said that farms in the US raise raccoons, foxes, mink, and chinchillas to kill for fur, using inhumane and cruel methods.

Unsurprisingly, the bill has been met with harsh criticism from manufacturers in New York. According to the Fur Information Council of America, there are more than one hundred and thirty fur companies in New York City who collectively employ more than one thousand people. The Fur Information Council has already secured two lobbying firms and the PR company, SDKnickerbocker to help them fight this bill.

According to the fashion director at Anamoda, Kim Salvo, furs are ‘about as green as it gets.’ Her logic comes from the fact that they lasts forever.

New York looks to be following in the footsteps of the ever ethically minded state of California, where last month saw the passing of legislation in Los Angeles, which will ban the sale and manufacturing of fur starting in January of 2021. In December, Assemblywoman Laura Friedman put forth the California State Fur ban, AB 44, which has since passed it’s first hearing with a vote of 8/4 on March 12th, in front of the California Assembly’s Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee.

Fur and exotic animal skin have become increasingly unpopular in the fashion industry. Huge design houses have been dropping fur like it’s hot recently. Victoria Beckham announced before London Fashion Week that her company would no longer be using exotic animal skins in her designs. Designers such as Gucci, Chanel, Versace, Burberry, and Armani no longer use them in their collections.

What is your take on the New York bill that would ban fur sales? Comment below.


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Julie Nealon

Associate Editor, New York USA | Contactable via [email protected]

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