Oppose Fur Ban in NYC

Oppose Fur Ban in NYC

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Hat Trade and Suppliers Group started this petition to New York City Council Members

Dear City Council Members:        

We the undersigned are concerned about the proposed fur ban in New York City.  We would like to voice our strong opposition to this proposal.

While none of us want animals to be mistreated, the proposed fur ban does absolutely nothing to protect the animals.  What it does do is close businesses, put many people out of work, take revenue out of New York City, and eliminate tax dollars that would otherwise go into city coffers.

While many businesses will simply close, some will undoubtedly move to another state, perhaps another country, where they can still do business.  And fur businesses that already exist in other places will continue to operate.  People are still going to buy fur, so they will take the money they would have spent in New York and go spend it elsewhere. No change to the animals’ welfare.  Big loss to New York City.  

This will also affect many businesses that do not fall under the umbrella of the fur industry.  While the city's numbers predict that this ban will affect roughly 150 businesses employing 7000 people, that number fails to include many others.  Not included in that number are small businesses employing under ten employees, and hundreds of businesses that retail items with fur.

We completely understand the desire to put an end to animal suffering.  We, too, would like to see some other more humane way to manage the fur business, but this proposal is not the solution.  The ban will only create more problems by affecting many New Yorkers and their businesses.  

For the sake of our economy and the many New Yorkers whose livelihood will be destroyed, we urge you to vote against this proposal.

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