California is one step closer to banning the sale of fur; the landmark bill just passed a Senate floor vote. If Governor Gavin Newsom signs the bill into law, California will become the first state in the U.S. to impose a statewide ban on fur sales.
“We are so happy that the California State Senate is backing this monumental bill to defend innocent animals and the environment,” commented Marilyn Kroplick, M.D., President of In Defense of Animals, an international animal protection organization with more than 250,000 supporters.
She continued, “A statewide ban on fur would save countless animals from unnecessary, agonizing deaths for the sake of trivial fashion statements. We are thrilled this groundbreaking legislation has been supported by the California State Legislature.”
AB 44 was presented by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman. The bill prohibits animal fur products from being sold, manufactured, offered for sale, displayed for sale, traded, donated, or distributed in any way in the state. The sale of clothing, shoes, hats, key chains, and handbags containing fur would be banned under the law. Those who breach the ruling could face civil penalties.
In Defense of Animals’ Communications Director Fleur Dawes said the organization “eagerly anticipates” Governor Newsom’s signature.
“California residents and decision-makers have already banned fur in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and West Hollywood, and we now look forward to banning fur throughout the entire state of California,” Dawes said.
The Problem With Fur
The fur industry depends on the slaughter of animals like coyotes, foxes, rabbits, mink, and chinchillas, though other animals like dogs, cats, rodents, and raccoons are sometimes used and intentionally mislabeled by manufacturers.
Animals are gassed, electrocuted, and beaten for their fur. Fur products are typically treated with chemicals that can be hazardous to human health and the planet. Formaldehyde, Chromium VI, Alkylphenol ethoxylates, Azo dyes, and Chlorinated Phenols are “widely used” in the fur trade to preserve animal skins, according to ACTAsia, a non-profit organization that works toward sustainable social change through education.
Research from last year found dangerous concentrations of toxic chemicals in fur fashion items purchased from high-street stores in China. One item contained chemical concentrations 250 times above the levels permitted by law.