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California is going fur-free with an official statewide ban on animal fur products starting January 1


January 4, 2023

Whether or not you consider yourself a climate activist or a vegan, most of us know what a very dangerous and energy-intensive operation fur production is. There are overflows of animal waste from industrial fur farms that damage soil and waterways and hides are soaked in toxic chemical soups. Fur is far from being a natural resource. If you take a closer look at the process, you will notice that animals raised on fur farms are not protected by laws governing humane treatment of animals or humane slaughter, and are subject to some of the the most appalling living conditions possible, including being crammed into cramped cages where they are unable to move, living on top of each other in cages and being exposed to both sweltering heat and sub-zero temperatures. zero. So this is precisely why the statewide ban on the sale and production of new animal fur products that went into effect in California on January 1 is being celebrated.

California became the first state in the nation to take this historic step to end the fur trade within its borders with the passage of Assembly Bill 44 in 2019. The bill was supported by the Humane Society of the United States and Animal Hope in Legislation, and she was championed by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, a Democrat from Glendale. Local, national and international animal welfare organizations have strongly supported the legislation.

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Changemakers voiced their support for the move

“The year 2023 marks a historic milestone for California with the implementation of a law that truly represents the values ​​of our constituents,” said Assemblyman Friedman. “California people don’t want to see animals live and die cruelly for nothing more than fashion, and I’m thrilled that this law will help uphold our state’s animal welfare standards and potentially help spur the innovation for more sustainable fashion alternatives.”

“We are grateful to California for taking a stand against the cruel fur industry by implementing this statewide ban on the production and sale of new fur products,” said Jenny Berg, California State Director for the Humane Society of the United States. “The fact that an estimated 100 million animals are still raised and killed on factory fur farms for nothing more than a fur coat, hat or other product is archaic, especially when there are alternatives We applaud California for leading the fight against fur and sending a powerful message that animals should no longer suffer and die for fashion.

Fashion companies and companies with fur-free policies

A number of businesses and fashion companies had fur-free policies that went into effect the same day as the bill. By the end of 2022, Canada Goose, Kering, Saks Fifth Avenue, Zegna Group, Rudsak, Mytheresa and Moose Knuckles have all vowed to stop using fur. By March 2023, Neiman Marcus will stop selling fur products.

Details of the law

1. The law exempts used fur goods sold at non-profit thrift stores, consignment stores and pawnshops from its prohibition on selling new fur products. Other garments made from animal products, such as leather or shearling, are exempt from this rule.

2. The law does not affect who is allowed to own or wear furs.

3. Physical establishments and online retailers selling fur products in California must comply with the regulations.

4. The California Attorney General’s Office, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and local law enforcement all have a common role in law enforcement. Any of these offices can provide Californians with information on selling new furs. Penalties for first offenses are $500, second offenses are $750 and subsequent offenses are $1,000.

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Four cities that have passed similar laws

Retail sales of fur garments in the United States reached just over $574 million in 2017, according to the 2017 Economic Census, with the majority of those sales taking place in California at just under $129 million. , followed by New York with nearly $115 million. Nearly 43% of all fur purchases in the country were made in California and New York combined in 2017. However, Assembly Bill 44 was made possible by similar laws that four California cities had already adopted: West Hollywood (2013), Berkeley (2017). ), Los Angeles (2018) and San Francisco (2018). Twelve US cities, including five in Massachusetts, have approved ordinances phasing out new fur sales as of this writing, while Israel became the first country to ban the fur trade in 2021.

The global outlook for a fur-free future

Nearly 20 countries in Europe have already banned fur farming, and Humane Society International is currently working with other organizations to collect signatures in support of a European citizens’ initiative calling for a ban on fur farming. farming of fur animals and the sale of products derived from the farming of fur animals in Europe. Even though the petition has already obtained the required million signatures by May 2023 for the European Commission to provide a formal response, it is still available to collect more signatures, so EU residents are encouraged to sign.




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