San Francisco Bans Fur Sales

On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors in San Francisco unanimously passed a ban against the sale of fur in the city. All that remains for the ordinance to become law is for San Francisco mayor Mike Farrell to sign it, which he is expected to do.

If enacted, San Francisco will become the largest city in the United States to ban fur sales. Such bans already exist in smaller municipalities, such as West Hollywood and Berkeley, which are both in California as well.

The ban would become effective as of the first of next year, though it would not apply to either charities or second-hand shops. But it would apply to sales made online, whether such sales were made by businesses or individuals. Shops within the city limits that have inventories of fur would have until January of 2020 to liquidate such inventory.

Katy Tang, who is the city supervisor who sponsored the bill, hailed the passing of the bill. She also spoke out against the cruelty she believes occurs at fur farms. She said that these farms were violent places where animals are poisoned, electrocuted, gassed and injured for the sole purpose of producing clothing. She further said that it would not be right for San Francisco to continue allowing the sale of these products, and that the city should be an example for others, not just in this country but across the world.

Tang also posted on social media how many famous fashion designers have recently decided to cease making clothing products from fur. The list of designers include Versace, Michael Kors, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Giorgio Armani and Stella McCartney.

Many animal rights organizations expressed support for the ban. They include People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the Humane Society and Direct Action Everywhere. Wayne Hsiung, who is the co-founder of Direct Action Everywhere praised Tang for helping create a more humane world for animals, and he said that it would help spearhead similar laws.