California is the first state in the U.S. to ban the sale of animal fur products.
Following city-wide bans in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a package of bills over the weekend to fight animal cruelty in The Golden State, including AB44 outlawing the sale, manufacture, and donation of fur clothing and accessories. “California is a leader when it comes to animal welfare and today that leadership includes banning the sale of fur,” Newsom said in a statement obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle.
The bill reportedly applies to all new clothing, handbags, and shoes made of fur. It excludes used fur and taxidermy products, as well as leather, cowhide and shearling. Furs used for religious reasons or used by Native American tribes are also exempt, according to CNN. Violators of the ban, which goes into effect January 2023, will be subject to fines.
I just signed #AB44 — one of the strongest animal rights laws in US History — making California the first state in the nation to ban new fur sales.
Also signed a package of important bills that will bring an end to the cruel treatment of many animals across our state. https://t.co/xvHfBt3Jz5
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) October 12, 2019