Always an epicenter for social progress, San Francisco is now one step away from banning the sale of fur!
Supervisor Katy Tang introduced the legislation in December of last year, and it will be voted on this January 24th. If passed, the law will take effect July 1, 2018, and apply to all retailers, except for vintage and second-hand stores, who will be permitted to sell used furs only if they do not come from endangered species. Tang has been a major activist for animal rights, having passed the ban on the sales of animals in pet shops and sponsored the measure that prohibited the use of wild animals for entertainment.
Similar legislation regarding fur sales was also proposed in Berkeley, San Francisco’s neighbor in the East Bay, and West Hollywood nestled in the center of Los Angeles, became one of the first cities ever to ban the sale of furs in 2013, proof that a more humane future is on the horizon.
Fur has become increasingly out of fashion with major brands like Gucci, Armani, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, and BCBG joining designers like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Vivienne Westwood, and the all-vegan Stella McCartney in banning the use of fur. San Francisco’s Union Square area is a bustling fashion mecca featuring the world’s highest-end designers and top brands, and banning the sale of fur will make a tremendous statement in the world of fashion. If passed, the law will be a monumental decision that hopefully impacts laws regarding the sale of fur in other cities as well.
The suffering is endless for animals on fur farms. Their lives are confined to cramped, crowded metal cages where their unavoidable fate is murder, typically by painful internal electrocution. And animals trapped in the wild for fur endure a slow painful death in the jaws of a trap. It is estimated that 6.5 million foxes and 60 million minks are farmed for their fur worldwide each year, and when rabbits are added to the calculations, the number of animals farmed for fur far surpasses one billion.
If you are excited to see San Francisco make progress to ban the sale of fur, please take a moment to sign this petition on Care2 to show your support of the legislation and voice your opinion.
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