California Becomes First State to Ban Fur

California Becomes First State to Ban Fur

California becomes the first state to ban the sale of fur & we should all take notes.

California becomes the first state to ban the sale of fur & we should all take notes.

Text: Angelica Manos

It was only last year that Los Angeles banned the sale of all animal furs, and now the entire state of California has decided to join the movement.

On October 11, the state’s governor, Gavin Newsom, signed AB44 into law, which bans the sales of new clothing and accessories made of fur beginning in 2023. There are certain exceptions to the rule, while most of the luxury furs we know of will no longer be allowed to be sold, shearling is still legal. There are also special cases made for furs used during religious purposes or tradition. According to The New York Times, “If retailers break the law, they risk incurring civil penalties, including a fine of up to $500 for a first offense and $1,000 for multiple offenses.”

When it comes to fashion, tons of designers have already shifted to faux fur. Our favorite brands from Gucci, Versace,  and Chanel to Prada, Giorgio Armani and Tom Ford. There are also tons of brands that have begun using vegan faux fur, such as Stella McCartney, Zara US, Topshop, and Free People to name a few.

The truth concerning the fur industry is a disturbing one, which one would assume considering hundreds of thousands of animals are killed for a superficial profit every year. Some animals are held with no food or water and are tortured by traps that include drowning sets and leghold traps.

As the vegan faux fur sales go up and huge states like California begin a movement, hopefully, the rest of our nation can get inspired.

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