The Michigan Daily reported that the Ann Arbor City council voted unanimously to prohibit the sale of new fur products. It is believed to be the first midwest city to have done so as of now.

This ban includes the sale of newly made fur coats, wraps, stoles, capes, muffs, and any other animal fur item. The city will allow retailers to sell the fur stock that they already have. However, once 2022 starts, the ordinance will take effect, and retailers can only lawfully sell used fur goods. Anyone found selling new fur items will be fined up to $500 per violation.

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The ban stated, “Animals that are slaughtered for their fur endure tremendous suffering. Animals raised on fur farms typically spend their entire lives in cramped, unsanitary cages. Animals raised on fur farms are inhumanely killed by suffocation, electrocution, gassing, and neck-breaking.”

Citing a recent event where a taxidermist was infected with a mutation of the coronavirus that was also found in infected mink, the ban also explained how fur farms are “reservoirs and transmission vectors for dangerous zoonotic diseases” and acknowledged the environmental impact of the industry.

Earlier this year, five other states introduced similar legislation. And California was the first state to put a ban on selling new fur items. Though it won’t go into effect until 2023.

Michigan state director for the Humane Society of the United States Molly Tamulevich said in a statement, “Ann Arbor has now become the Midwest leader in the fight against the fur industry. It’s clear the people of Ann Arbor care about animals and want nothing to do with fur.” 

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This is a huge victory for animal rights activists everywhere because it marks the start of a brighter future for animals.

Sign this petition to demand that Parliament end all fur trapping in the U.K.

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