SACRAMENTO, California – SACRAMENTO, California, will be the first state banning the sale and manufacture of new fur products, and the third state to exclude most animals from circus performances under two bills signed by Governor Gavin Newsom ,
The Furs Act prohibits residents from selling or making clothes, shoes or handbags with fur as of 2023.
Animal rights groups welcomed the measure in response to inhumane practices. The proposal was heavily rejected by the billion dollar US fur industry, and the Fur Information Council of America has already threatened to file a lawsuit.
It follows the signing of a law by Newsom, which makes 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's leadership is banned from selling fur," a Newsom statement said. "But we do more than that. We make the world a statement 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 that are used for religious or tribal purposes. And it excludes the sale of leather, dog and cat skins, cowhides, deer, sheep and goat skins and anything that has been preserved by dissection.
This could be a major blow to the fur industry, with products from animals such as mink, chinchillas, rabbits and other animals. The US Furs Retail Industry generated $ 1
Fashion designers such as Versace, Gucci, and Giorgio Armani have discontinued or intend to discontinue the use of fur.
] Under California law, a fine of up to US $ 1,000 is imposed for multiple violations.
Animal rights groups have stated that animals may be exposed to gassings, electric shock, and other inhumane acts to get their fur.
Advocacy Group Direct Action It has been said that it is working with activists to pass similar laws nationwide in cities like Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon, and the California law is optimistic to take action.
"Ordinary people want animals to be protected and not abused," said Cassie King. an organizer of the Berkeley based group.
Opponents of the legislation said that this could create a black market and constitute a slippery slope for bans on other 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 spokesperson Keith Kaplan of the Fur Information Council in a previous statement. He said 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 most famous act, the Ringling Bros. and the Barnum & Bailey Circus, closed in 2017 after 146 years of performance.
According to state officials, at least two live animal circuses this year should be performed in California. At least 18 circuses do not use animals, including the Cirque du Soleil.
First, critics warned that the proposal was too broad and would affect fairs, animal rescue or rehabilitation organizations. In response, legislators narrowed the definition of circus to "a performance in front of a live audience in which entertainment consisting of a variety of acts such as acrobats, aerialists, clowns, jugglers or stunts is the main attraction or business"  The law provides for penalties of up to $ 25,000 per day for each violation.
Democratic Senator Ben Hueso drafted the measure, arguing that wildlife in circuses faces cruel training and near-permanent detention.
The Southwest California Legislative Council objected The law says it will prevent people from "experiencing the thrill of circus performance with beautiful, well-groomed animals."
Humans for the ethical treatment of animals both praised new laws.
Today is a historic day for animals in California, including those who had to perform in circuses or were skinned alive for their coat or skin, "said Tracy Reiman, executive vice president of PETA.
The Leader The United States Human Society also praised the Fur Products Act
"The signing of AB 44 underlines the point that today's consumers simply do not want wild animals to suffer extreme pain and fear for fashion," Kitty said Block, CEO and President of the Group. "More cities and states are expected to follow California's leadership, and the few brands and retailers who still sell fur will be exploring innovative alternatives that are not animal cruelty. "
Also on Saturday, Newsom signed a law intended to help protect horses from slaughter It requires public and private auction house operators to post new signage, affidavits and identification information online from 1 January, Democrat Todd Gloria.