California will be the first US state to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products, and the third to exclude the most circus animals on the basis of a law signed by Governor Gavin Newsom on Saturday.
From 2023, the law will prohibit residents from selling or making clothes, shoes or handbags with fur. Animal welfare groups welcomed the measure in response to inhumane practices. The proposal was heavily rejected by the billion dollar US fur industry, while the Fur Information Council of America has already threatened to file a lawsuit.
It follows Newsom's signature of laws making California the first state to ban the prohibition of furs fur sales in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
"California is a leader in animal welfare, and today this leadership includes the ban on the sale of fur," said Newsom. "But we do more than that. We give the world an explanation that beautiful wild animals like bears and tigers have no place on trapezoidal wires or jump through flames.
The fur ban does not apply to used products or those made for religious or tribal purposes. Excluded is the sale of leather, dog and cat skins, cowhide, deer, sheep and goat skins and everything that has been preserved by preparation. Rabbits and other animals. The US fur retail industry generated sales of $ 1
According to animal welfare groups, animals may be exposed to gassings, electric shock and other inhumane acts to remove their fur. Advocacy Group Direct Action Everywhere said it worked with activists to pass similar laws in cities across the country, including Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon, and was confident that California law would drive action. "Ordinary people want animals to be protected and not abused," said Cassie King, an organizer of the Berkeley-based group of products. The ban is part of a "radical vegan agenda that uses fur as a first step toward other bans on what we wear and eat," said Keith Kaplan of the Fur Information Council in a previous statement. He claimed that faux fur is not a renewable or sustainable option.
California, along with New Jersey and Hawaii, bans most animals from circus performances. The law exempts domesticated dogs, cats and horses and does not apply to rodeos.
Circuses have been less popular for decades. The best-known act, the Ringling Bros and the Barnum & Bailey Circus, closed in 2017 after 146 years of performance.
According to government officials, there are at least two live animal circuses this year in California. At least 18 circuses do not use animals, including the Cirque du Soleil.
The law provides for penalties of up to $ 25,000 per day for each violation.
The Southwest California Legislature Council opposed the law and said it would prevent people from being able to "experience the thrill of a circus performance with beautiful, well-kept animals."
Humans for the ethical treatment of animals both praised new laws. "Today is a historic day for animals in California, including those who have performed in circuses or been skinned alive for their fur or skin," said Vice President Tracy Reiman.