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California Becomes First State To Ban The Sale Of Fur

by | October 14, 2019

California Governor, Gavin Newsom, has signed a bill into law that will prohibit the sale of fur in the state.

“California is a leader when it comes to animal welfare, and today that leadership includes banning the sale of fur,” he said, in taking the stance.

The bill, which has been described as “landmark” legislation, will be effective as of January 1st, 2023. After this time it will be illegal “to manufacture, sell, offer for sale, display for sale, trade, give, donate or otherwise distribute a new fur product in the state.” Those found to be in violation of these new limitations may incur a fine of up to $1,000 or face up to six months in jail.

According to In Defense of Animals — an animal welfare group which has campaigned for the change — the change in law will “spare untold numbers of fur-bearing animals from agonizing deaths.”

The organization has also said that it “will continue to work with dedicated activists and organizations to make fur history across the United States and around the world.”

Before the bill came into effect across California, city-wide bans were already in existence in San Francisco, Berkeley, West Hollywood and Los Angeles. 

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Fur Ban On A Historic Day For Animals

PETA is another animal protection group to have praised the ban.

“We’re toasting compassionate lawmakers and Gov. Gavin Newsom for sparing countless animals the agony of being beaten, electrocuted, and skinned alive for environmentally toxic items that informed shoppers no longer want and top designers no longer use,” its statement reads.

On the same day that this bill came into effect, a number of other laws to protect animals were also passed, such as a ban on the trophy hunting of bobcats and a ban on the use of wild animals in circuses. A new bill to protect human and animal victims of domestic violence was also passed and existing anti-horse slaughter laws were strengthened.

The new legislation prohibiting the sale of fur follows a similar bill passed in California last month which banned fur-trapping.

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