Hollywood celebrities in the market for bear fur coats or fox fur vests will soon need to shop elsewhere as California will become the first state in the US to ban new fur clothing from 2023.
The governor of California, Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 44, a bill banning the manufacture and sale of fur statewide, into law on October 12. By enacting this bill, California has become the first state to fully outlaw fur sales and production statewide.
This ban was greatly sought after by Animal rights advocates. Newsom called the ban “one of the strongest animal rights laws in U.S. history” in a statement. “California is a leader when it comes to animal welfare and today that leadership includes banning the sale of fur,” Newsom said in his statement while announcing the ban.
Animal rights advocates and even some congress members said the bill is necessary to end an inhumane fur trade that raises animals in filthy conditions and slaughters them solely for their coats, often using methods such as electrocution while torturing them.
“We’ve known from people who’ve gone undercover for years in the fur industry that it is impossible to be assured of humanely raised fur,” said Assemblywoman Laura Friedman, D-Glendale (Los Angeles County), who carried the bill.
“California’s groundbreaking new law sounds the death knell for the sickeningly cruel fur industry and marks a major victory for animals, people, and the environment,” Fleur Dawes, Communications Director for In Defense of Animals, said in a statement. “The enactment of AB 44 reflects the evolving attitudes of compassionate Californians who reject ‘fashion’ made from tortured animals, and paves the way for other states — and ultimately, the world — to go fur-free.”
Retailers can still sell secondhand fur clothing or decor under the new law. The ban also won’t apply to faux fur, which is generally made from plastics or fur products used by Native American tribes for spiritual or cultural purposes. It also doesn’t apply to leather, cowhides, stuffed animals and the full skin of deer, sheep and goats.
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