Calif. becomes first state to ban fur products

Grant Boone
October 15, 2019

California lawmakers continued the state's expansion of rights and protections this year for immigrants who enter the country illegally, with laws signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom allowing them to serve on government boards and commissions and banning arrests for immigration violations in courthouses across the state.

'As much as I sympathize with sleepy students, we must also carefully consider how the change would affect families and schools, ' she said. However, it includes exemptions for used fur, taxidermy products, and fur from an animal lawfully taken with a hunting license.

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 move, which makes California the first U.S. state to ban the sale of fur, has been welcomed by the animal rights organization Humane Society International. We are making a statement to the world that handsome wild animals like bears and tigers have no place on trapeze wires or jumping through flames. He added that in his opinion, fake fur wasn't a renewable or sustainable option.

The law comes as a number of high-end fashion designers, including Gucci, Versace and Prada, have announced they have stopped, or plan to stop, using fur in their designs.

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The most well-known act, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, closed in 2017 after 146 years of performances.

Newsom, in his official Twitter account, tweeted they would continue to pursue California's future free of fossil fuels and go against the Trump administration's agenda to develop oil extraction.

Democratic Sen. Ben Hueso authored the measure, arguing wild animals in circuses endure cruel training and near-constant confinement. "PETA is proud to have worked with compassionate legislators to push these lifesaving laws forward and looks to other states to follow California's progressive lead". The bill also protects wild and domestic horses and bans the trade and import of various types of dead reptiles.

Starting from 2023, residents will be barred from selling clothes, shoes, and handbags made from fur, with those found breaking the law potentially facing fines of up to $500 (£395) or in repeat cases, $1,000.

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