California made history when Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new bill into law banning the sales and manufacturing of fur. This makes California is the first state to “make it illegal to sell, donate or manufacture new fur products in the state,” CNN Reports.
The new law applies to new clothing, handbags, and accessories made with fur. Violators will be subject to a fine. Not included in the law, however, is leather, cowhide and shearling, aka wool. Native American tribes are also exempt, as well as, vintage and taxidermy fur. Fur acquired through a hunting licenses will also be exempt.
New law goes into effect January, 2023
“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.
This is just one of many new legislations put in place to end animal cruelty. Also outlawed is the hunting, trapping and killing of bobcats, as well as, protection for wild horses.
California is also the third state to ban the practice of animals performing in circuses. Only New Jersey and Hawaii have laws in place to protect or ban circus animals.
“We are making a statement to the world that beautiful wild animals like bears and tigers have no place on trapeze wires or jumping through flames.” – Governor Newsom
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