California has become the first state in the United States to ban the manufacturing and the sale of animal fur.
The new law will come into effect after 2023.
The new law will prohibit people from making or selling cloths, bags, shoes, and other products out of fur.
Governor Gavin Newsom signed the new law, he said, “California is a leader when it comes to animal welfare and today that leadership includes banning the sale of fur. But we are doing more than that. 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.”
The new law is being loved by animal rights groups.
The spokesperson of Humane Society US said, “We applaud Gov Newsom and the state’s lawmakers for recognizing that California citizens do not want their state’s markets to contribute to the demand for fur products.”
Tracy Reiman, the vice-president of PETA, said, “Today is a historic day for animals in California, including those who have been whipped into performing in circuses, or skinned alive for their fur or skin.”
Groups and activists aid the new law is going to prompt other states to introduce a law that would ban fur.
Keith Kaplan, from the Fur Information Council, said the new law is part of a new radical vegan agenda that used fur as the first step to other bans on what we wear and eat.
Keith also said that fake fur is not a sustainable and renewable option.
The new law does not cover the use of leather, cow hides, the skin of deer, the skin of goats, or the skin of sheep.
The ban does not apply fur products that are to be used in tribal or religious purposes.
If a resident of California gets caught breaking the law, he or she can be fined $500 USD.
A second-time offender will be fined $1000.
Gucci, Versace, Prada, and other high-end fashion design companies have announced that they are going to stop using fur in their products.
Huge win for everyone, especially animals!