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Animal Defenders International

Take action to stop the horrific fur trade in the US!

Posted: 10 February 2019. Updated: 13 August 2019

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ADI applauds legislators in Hawaii and California, who in 2018/9 introduced state measures to end the horrific fur trade in their states. Numerous designers, including some based in the US, have already committed to going fur-free in recent months in response to consumer demand for cruelty-free fashion. Legislators too are moving with the times.

In California, Berkeley, San Francisco, and West Hollywood have already outlawed the sale of fur, and Los Angeles will now join that list. On February 12, 2019, the Los Angeles City Council voted 13-1 in favor of a ban on the sale and manufacture of fur in LA from 2021. Previously, on February 6th, the LA PAW Committee voted 2-1 to approve the ordinance.

On January 24, 2019, California Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez introduced AB273, to ban the recreational and commercial fur trapping of fur-bearing and nongame mammals. The bill has since passed the Assembly (51-19), and the Senate (30-9) and now goes to the Governor’s desk!

Also in California, AB44, a bill to ban the manufacture and sale of fur statewide, was introduced by Assemblymember Laura Friedman in December. Since then it has passed the Assembly (56-20); the Senate Natural Resources Committee (5-2-2) and, on July 9, the Senate Judiciary (7-1-1). It has now been referred back to the Senate Appropriations Committee. That means if you live in California, you still have time to act for the animals! Please ask Appropriations Committee members to vote “yes” on AB44. Find their details here.

You can also submit a position letter here.

In Hawaii, Senators Gabbard, Chang, Harimoto, Ihara, Ruderman, and Shimabukuro introduced SB1350, to ban the sale and manufacture of fur products statewide. SB1350 passed its first reading in the Senate on January 24th, and now goes to the House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce and the House Committee on Judiciary.

As SB1350 notes, the fur industry is desperately cruel, it’s unnecessary, and it harms the environment. “More than one hundred million animals are violently killed for their fur every year.”

HOW YOU CAN HELP

In California, support AB273 and AB44 - find your CA legislators here.

In Hawaii, support SB1350 - find your HI legislators here.

Find members of the House Committee on Judiciary here and members of the House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce here.

You can also submit written testimony in support here.

For more ways to get involved, click here.

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