Almost a year after the city of Los Angeles officially banned the sale of animal fur products, the entire California state has now followed suit, becoming the first state in the US to do so.
The bill was authored by state assemblymaker Laura Friedman, and signed into legislation by Governor Gavin Newsom last Friday. The new law will take effect on January 1, 2023, and renders the sales, donation, or manufacturing of new fur products illegal. However, the legislation does exempt from its scope used fur and taxidermy products, furs used for religious purposes or by Native American tribes as well as leather, shearling, and cowhide. Furs lawfully obtained via hunting licenses will also be permitted.
Aside from the new ban on furs, Newsom also signed a range of other bills focused on preventing animal cruelty, such as laws banning the use of certain animals in circuses, laws banning the hunting and killing of bobcats, and laws protecting horses from being slaughtered.
In related news, New York has also proposed to ban the sale of fur earlier this year.
Today CA made history – #AB44 was signed into law! After decades of efforts from animal welfare advocates, we are now the first state in the nation to ban fur. CA has no place for the inhumane & unsustainable treatment of animals. Now for other states to follow in our legacy. pic.twitter.com/1WVtz517ig
— Laura Friedman (@laurafriedman43) October 12, 2019