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Animal Defenders International

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

Posted: 10 February 2019. Updated: 12 October 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.

AB273, the bill to ban fur trapping and the sale of ‘raw’ fur in California, and sponsored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, passed the State Senate 30-9 and was signed by Governor Newsom on September 4, 2019.

On the heels of the California fur trapping ban, AB44, to ban the sale and manufacture of fur throughout the state, was signed into law October 12, 2019, making California the first US state to ban the sale and manufacture of fur!

A huge thank you to everyone who contacted their legislators, attended hearings, and got behind the campaign. Working with local advocates and bill sponsor Assemblymember Laura Friedman (AB44), ADI supported the bill with data and testimony.

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, please urge Gov. Newsom to sign AB44 and SB313.

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.

In New York City: ask your Councilmember to support Int.1476-2019 (sponsored by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson) to ban fur sales.

In Minneapolis: sign the petition urging the City Council to pass an ordinance banning the sale of new fur products.

For more ways to get involved, click here.

© Animal Defenders International 2019