13th Oct 2019
California has become the first US state to ban the manufacture and sale of animal fur with much applause from animal rights groups
Residents will no longer be able to sell or make clothing, shoes or handbags from fur as of 2023.
The move has been celebrated by animal rights groups around the US which have been calling for a ban for some time.
Governor Gavin Newsom also signed a bill banning most animals from circus shows, except cats, dogs and horses.
“California is a leader when it comes to animal welfare and today that leadership includes banning the sale of fur,” Newsom said in a statement.
Those found breaking the law could reportedly face a fine of $500 or in repeat cases, $1,000.
“We applaud Gov Newsom and the state’s lawmakers for recognising that California citizens do not want their state’s markets to contribute to the demand for fur products,” a statement from Humane Society USA said.
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This should mean that even more designers will join the movement and ban the use of fur from their collections; earlier this year Prada joined fashion’s fur-free movement.
Animal fur will not be used in its designs or new products, items already made will continue to be sold, for the time being.
“Focusing on innovative materials will allow the company to explore new boundaries of creative design while meeting the demand for ethical products,” said the head of the fashion chain, Miuccia Prada in a statement.
Prada joined a growing list of brands and retailers ceasing the use of animal fur, including Gucci, Burberry and Versace.
As a result, faux fur has seen a resurgance.
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