Animal campaigners have urged Irish city Cork to ban the sale of fur - following the lead of sister city San Francisco.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to prohibit the sale of fur products in March of this year, after Supervisor Katy Tang sponsored an ordinance saying the sale of fur is 'inconsistent with San Fran's ethos of treating all living beings, humans and animals alike, with kindness'.
The ban, which will come into action on January 1, 2019, inspired activists from leading animal charity PETA to write to Cork Lord Mayor Tony Fitzgerald, urging him to push for similar legislation.
PETA Director, Elisa Allen, said: "Since so many people are turning their backs on fur, PETA is calling on Cork to take a step forward and ban its sale.
"By going fur-free, the city would join San Francisco in sparing huge numbers of animals extreme suffering and an agonising death on fur farms around the world."
The organization notes that 50 million minks, foxes, chinchillas, and even hamsters are killed for their fur every year.
Animal rights charity PETA is campaigning hard to ban fur
Recent months have seen a slew of top designers ditching fur - partly in thanks to pressure from animal welfare campaigners.
Recently fur-free brands include Gucci, Versace, Donna Karan, and Maison Margiela.
According to PETA Vice President Dan Matthews: "The fashion world is finally evolving. More and more designers are showing that you can be even more creative without being destructive to animals."
Maria is a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer. Her writing has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. You can follow her on Twitter @MariaChiorando and Instagram @mariachiorando.
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