The California State Fur Ban - Make California Fur Free!

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Make California Fur Free - The California State Fur Ban. 

State Assembly Member Laura Friedman recently introduced a measure to ban the sale and manufacture of fur products within the State of California. The legislative piece was brought to the assemblymember by Animal Hope in Legislation, Marc Ching, and Cheri Shankar. The effort is spearheaded and co-sponsored by the Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation, Animal Hope in Legislation, and the Humane Society of the United States.

If passed, the ban would prohibit the sale and manufacture of products such as shoes, handbags, clothing, or trinkets that are made in whole or in part of fur, with an exemption for used fur products. The issue has been assigned to the Personnel and Animal Welfare Committees.  


The fur trade is a brutal industry where millions of animals such as foxes, minks, rabbits, dogs, cats, raccoons, and chinchilla’s are killed every year. Most of these animals are raised on fur farms, where they are kept in cages, barely bigger than their bodies and confined to a life of misery. They live through intense stress and engage in psychotic behaviors like repetitive pacing, self-mutilation and cannibalism.  They endure this life only to be killed in some of the most inhumane ways - electrocuted and stunned, some still alive as they are being skinned. They are submitted to this suffering solely for the sake of their fur.

This measure is life changing, and seeks to set an example of compassion for the rest of the country and the world to follow. Today there are countless varieties of fabric and fur alternatives. There is no need for this brutal industry, and California should not support this cruelty. 

That is why we are urging all members of the California Legislature to pass this important measure that would change the future of fur products and save countless animals.