California Becomes First US State to Ban Fur Products

California Gov. Gavin Newson Signs Bill to Law Prohibiting Sale and Manufacture of Fur Products

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On Saturday, California Governor Gavin Newson signed a bill into law to prohibit the manufacture and sale of new fur products. The bill will take effect in 2023.

Animal rights advocacy groups, who have been pushing for a ban on fur, applauded the bill.

The ban, however, excludes fur worn for religious or tribal purposes and used fur.

Under the new law, first offense will attract a fine of $500 and $1,000 for repeat violations.

Some California cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco, have already put fur bans.

In a statement, Gov. Newson said “California is a leader when it comes to animal welfare, and today that leadership includes banning the sale of fur.”

On Saturday, Mr. Newson also signed another bill banning most animals in circuses similar to laws in place in New Jersey and Hawaii.