A groundbreaking bill to implement a statewide fur ban may make fur history in California! This first-of-its-kind legislation could save countless animals from excruciating deaths and may potentially lead to the end of the fur industry worldwide. Please urge California Assembly members to support a statewide fur ban!
Assemblywoman Laura Friedman's bill, A.B. 44, aims to make California the first state in the country to prohibit the sale and manufacture of animal fur products, including, but not limited to clothing, handbags, shoes, slippers, hats, or key chains that contain fur.
Coyotes, chinchillas, foxes, mink, rabbits, and other fur-bearing animals are subjected to unregulated killing methods which cause unimaginable terror and agony, all for the sake of frivolous fashion statements. Animals are gassed, electrocuted, or have their necks broken, while anal or genital electrocution is a common method for killing animals used for fur. Furs from dogs, cats, raccoons, rodents and other animals are often undisclosed or intentionally mislabeled by manufacturers, and fur products are often preserved with carcinogenic chemicals.
"Given the overwhelming evidence of inhumane practices in the fur industry and the availability of so many different options for warm and fashionable fabrics, we will not continue to be complicit in unnecessary cruelty towards animals solely for the sake of fur," said Assemblymember Friedman.
California has been on the forefront of anti-fur legislation with trailblazing successes to prohibit the sale of fur products throughout several of its largest cities, including San Francisco, Berkeley, West Hollywood and Los Angeles. These bans reflect a shift towards animal-friendly apparel and indicate the need for a statewide ban. A.B. 44 would make it illegal to manufacture, sell, offer for sale, display for sale, trade, give donate or otherwise distribute a fur product in the state, and those who violate the ban could face civil penalties.
A statewide fur ban in one of the country's most populated and influential states would save millions of defenseless animals from horrific deaths, and would set a precedent for the rest of the country, and perhaps the world, to phase out the use of stolen animal skins simply for fashion.
On March 12, AB 44 passed the first vote needed by the Water, Parks, and Wildlife Committee, but we still have a long way to go before this bill becomes law. The bill is now moving on to the next crucial hearing by the Assembly Judiciary Committee on March 26th, and your help is needed!
Please urge your representative to vote "Yes" on A.B. 44 by phone call and then send our letter, if you haven't already. California residents only.
1. Attend the hearing on Tuesday, March 26 at 9am at the California State Capitol, 1315 10th St, Sacramento, CA, Room 437
2. Call your own one California representative in the state's Assembly by clicking on the link below and picking the California tab.
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Make Fur History in California!
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