San Francisco Becomes First Major City To Ban Sale Of Fur

City Board Members say the ordinance will 'usher in new political movement for animals'
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Faux fur items - like the coat in this photo - may become more popular as a result of the ban (Photo: Louis Amal)

Faux fur items - like the coat in this photo - may become more popular as a result of the ban (Photo: Louis Amal)

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has voted unanimously to prohibit the sale of fur products in San Francisco.

The ordinance, which was sponsored by Supervisor Katy Tang, is expected to receive final approval from the Board of Supervisors April 3, barring any delays. It will come into action on January 1, 2019.

The proposed legislation, voted on by the board, said: "The sale of fur products in San Francisco is inconsistent with the City’s ethos of treating all living beings, humans and animals alike, with kindness."

'Grateful'

Following the vote, Supervisor Tang said: "It is unfathomable to take the life of another living creature for the purpose of wearing them.

"I am grateful to have the opportunity to speak on behalf of animals everywhere and make it clear that animal fur is not for sale."

Chris DeRose, Founder, Last Chance for Animals, which supported the ordinance, added: "The rest of the country should follow in the footsteps of West Hollywood and San Francisco. Vanity comes at a heavy price: suffering and death. Thank you, San Francisco."

Fur production is extremely cruel (Video:PETA)

'New wave of animal rights'

Wayne Hsiung is the Co-founder of Direct Action Everywhere [DxE], which has pushing anti-fur efforts across the States.

He said: "Supervisor Tang and San Francisco are leading the way in making a more compassionate world for animals.

"This historic act will usher in a new wave of animal rights legislation across the globe."

San Francisco’s proposal follows fur bans in West Hollywood (2013) and Berkeley (2017).

The ordinance was supported by a number of grassroots organizations and established nonprofits such as PETA, Last Chance for Animals, In Defense of Animals, and Farm Sanctuary.