California is set to become the first US state to ban the manufacture, sale, and purchase of fur products after revising its animal rights laws.
What’s more, the state has also banned most wild animals for circus and entertainment performances. The new laws have been agreed after governor Gavin Newsom, signed two bills on the same day on October 13th, 2019.
The legislation takes effect from 2023 and covers the the sale and manufacture of clothes, handbags, belts or shoes derived from certain wild animals fur. The move is being lauded by many animal rights groups and is seen as a huge step against inhumane practices towards wild animals. The law change has obviously faced repercussions from the US fur industry although the law stands and will be implemented in major cities such as San Francisco and Los Angeles.
The only exception to the law is products made for tribal people or religious purposes. For example, the sale of sheep skin, goat, and deerskin are excluded from this law. So are furs preserved via taxidermy.
Fashion designers such Gucci, Versace, and Armani, notorious for using animal furs in their products have been ordered to cease selling their products in the state or risk hefty fines. Anyone found to be in possession of clothing and in violation of this law may incur a fine of $1000.
Cassie King from Direct Action Everywhere has stated that ordinary people want to see the animals safe and protected against such inhumane practices. DAE is working with legislators to pass similar bills to be passed in Minneapolis, Oregon, and Portland too.
Opponents of the bill fear that there will be a rise in the black market sale of the goods given the new legal stance. Keith Kaplan from the Fur Information Council, stated that this legislation has a “radical vegan agenda” and is trying to control what people should wear or eat.
California is not the only state to pass such a law. Hawaii and New Jersey have also made the progressive move to ban various animals for circus entertainment except for tame cats, dogs, and horses. Violation of the law will lead to fines of $25,000. Circus attendances have been declining over the last two decades as more news comes to light about the mistreatment of the captive animals. The new law may decrease their existence completely.
The Southwest California Legislative Council stated that the ban will prevent the public from enjoying performances by animals. A little narrow-minded don’t you think? There are around 18 circuses in the country that do not use animals and they have seen attendance rates rise.