It’s Official: California Is To Ban Fur

On October 11, California Governor Gavin Newsom approved a bill that makes manufacturing, selling and donating fur illegal in the state. Cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Berkeley have already had similar bans in the past. According to Newsom, “California is a leader when it comes to animal welfare and today that leadership includes banning the sale of fur.”

The bill applies to different types of consumer goods like clothing, shoes and other accessories made of fur. It doesn’t prohibit using fur for taxidermy and religious purposes. Companies violating the ban, which is due to come into force in January 2023, will have to pay fines of up to $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for multiple offenses.

Governor Newsom also signed several bills concerning animal cruelty, including the ban on using certain animals in circuses, a law that protects horses from slaughter, both wild and domestic, and legislation that forbids killing bobcats.

Tracy Reiman, Executive Vice President of PETA, says that the adoption of this law is a historic day for California history, and “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.”

A significant number of fashion brands have already stopped using fur in their product line, including Gucci, Burberry, Versace, Prada, Chanel, Coach, Michael Kors and DVF.

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