California Bans Fur Trapping In First-Of-Its-Kind Bill
The state of California became the first US state to ban fur trapping, thanks to a bill signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday.
The legislation states that “prohibiting fur trapping would eliminate the needless taxpayer subsidized killing of California’s native species for the international fur trade, while better protecting the role these species place in our ecosystems and economy.”
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who introduced the bill, did so on the grounds that the fur trapping industry “seems especially cruel” in addition to being “unnecessary and costly.”
The local fur industry came under fire in 2013, when conservationist Tom O’Key found an illegal bobcat trap on his property near the protected Joshua Tree National Park. The public outcry that ensued helped to set the ball in motion with respect to the trapping ban — an effect O’Key told LA Times was more than he anticipated.
California Fur Industry In Decline
Only 68 fur trappers operated in California before the bill passed, most of which supplied fur to Chinese, Greek, and Russian markets. In 2017, these 68 trappers killed a reported 1,568 animals. Animals in the fur trapping industry are often killed by beating or strangling, so as to not damage their pelts.
The state of California is also considering a ban on the sale of all fur products.
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