California moves to ban fur products to protect animals’ welfare

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It will be a crime for residents of California to sell or make clothing, shoes or handbags from animal fur effective 2023, ABC News can report.

California’s governor, Gavin Newsom says the move has become necessary due to the fact that the state is a leader when issues of animal welfare comes to the fore.

“California is a leader when it comes to animal welfare and today that leadership includes banning the sale of fur,” California’s governor Gavin Newsom said in a statement.

Information gathered by ABC News indicates that Animal rights groups have strongly supported the change to the law and supporters say they believe it’s needed to prevent animals from being inhumanely killed just for their fur.

Though the law won’t cover cow hides, dog and cat fur, leather, and the full skin of deer, sheep and goats, the decision, has been criticised by the Fur Information Council’ who say the move is a”first step to other bans on what we wear and eat.”

But, California’s governor Gavin Newsom insists California is making a statement to the world that animals need not to be killed.

“We are making a statement to the world that beautiful wild animals like bears and tigers have no place on trapeze wires or jumping through flames,” he said.

The Governor added that persons to be found breaking the new law imposing the fur ban, could face fines of $500 (£395), or up to $1000 (£790) if they are found guilty of repeat offences within one year.


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