Growing up in a middle-class family, my father's income was able to provide for a family of five. We were fortunate enough to have had the luxuries of 2 cars, large yards for play and special consideration for my Mom. I remember how proud she was when she received her first fur coat. It wasn't a mink, but a fox fur was all the rage in her circle of friends.
Flash-forward fifty years and American cities have begun to prohibit the sale of fur and the banning fur farms. This widespread revolution has businesses and consumer favoring faux-fur fabrics in place of real fur that causes harm and death to so many animals.
California leading the country . . .
In September 2019, California became the first state to ban fur trapping. One month later, it also passed legislation that stated it would ban the sale and manufacture of new fur clothing and accessories beginning on January 1, 2023.
While the legislation did face repercussions from the US fur industry, the law remains intact for San Francisco and Los Angeles. However, products made for indigenous peoples and Native Americans are excluded from the law. This pertains fo leather and skins of sheep, goat and deerskin.
However, the sale of products made out of animals like minks, rabbits or chinchillas is restricted from the new law.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to ban fur even though it experienced heated debates between animal rights activists and retailers. This historic victory for animals came after appeals from PETA and local activists, who attended numerous committee meetings on the issue and held a rally at City Hall just a few weeks prior to the ban.
Therefore, these acts have prompted designers like Gucci, Versace, and Armani to begin to stop manufacturing fur design products. Violation of this law may cost a fine of $1000.
Cassie King from Direct Action Everywhere noted that today's consumers want to see our animals remain safe and protected against inhumane practices. DAE is working on similar bills to be passed in Minneapolis, Oregon, and Portland too.
The Fur Information Council's Keith Kaplan condemned this legislation as a “radical vegan agenda” that is trying to regulate what citizens should wear or eat.
California has collaborated with Hawaii and New Jersey in banning various animals for circus except for tamed cats, dogs, and horses. After People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals [PETA] accused circuses of cruelty repetitively over the years, they finally ceased using elephants altogether, and actually retired the older ones to sanctuaries they created.
Violation of that law can lead to a fine of $25,000.
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