San Francisco Bans the Sale of Fur
Following in the footsteps of West Hollywood and Berkeley, San Francisco has become the largest U.S. city to ban the sale of fur.
On Tuesday, San Francisco supervisors voted unanimously to ban the sale of fur. According to AP News:
“The ban takes effect Jan. 1 and applies to apparel and accessories featuring real fur, including coats, key chains and gloves. An amendment added Tuesday allows furriers and other retailers to sell current inventory until January 1, 2020.”
After the vote, District 4 representative on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Katy Tang stated:
“More than 50 million animals are violently killed each year around the world to support the fashion industry. San Francisco is a city with progressive values where we believe in the rights of all people as well as all living things – and it is not right to allow this practice to continue.”
The International Fur Federation and the Fur Information Council of America opposed the measure, stating that the city should instead use a proposed “Furmark Certification” criteria to ensure “that the product has met the highest standards in environmental responsibility and the continued humane treatment of animals.” Mayor Mark Farrell voiced his support of Tang’s legislation and plans to “sign it when it crosses [his] desk.”
Last year, San Francisco unanimously voted to ban the sale of non-rescue dogs, cats and animals younger than eight weeks old at pet stores.