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Anti-Fur Legislation

LCA monitors anti-fur legislation across North America and campaigns for fur bans to be passed with a coalition of animal rights groups. Enacting anti-fur legislation will significantly reduce the demand for fur and set a precedent that animal abuse will not be tolerated. Join the fight to ban fur by taking direct action in your state as campaigns arise.

Current Campaigns

 Massachusetts State Fur Ban

Senate Bill 623 and House Bill 965 recognize the inherent suffering animals endure at the hands of the commerical fur industry. These bils would ban the retail sale of new fur products in Massachusetts and violators would be punished with fines of up to $5,000. LCA wrote letters of support for the Bills when a hearing was held on 11/17/2021 and continues to monitor this important legislation.

Massachusetts Residents: Contact your House and State Representatives in support of this important Legislation today!!

 

Previous Campaigns

VICTORY! Ann Arbor, MI 2021 - Ordinance Passed to Ban the Retail Sale of New Fur Products

August 2021 - LCA worked with a coalition of animal rights groups to ensure the passage of a municipal retail fur sales ban in Ann Arbor, MI. Michigan is a large fur-producing state and in 2020, an outbreak of COVID-19 on a mink fur farm occurred. This historic Ordinance, voted in unanimously by City Councillors, sets a precedent that animal abuse is not tolerated in Ann Arbor, and public health concerns are put before the profits of an industry.  

Rhode Island, 2021 - Senate Bill 806 and House Bill 5188 - Introduced in January and April of 2021, HB 5188 and SB 806 would have banned the sale of new fur products in RI, with maximum penalties of up to $5,000 in fines and one year in prison. The Bills were referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee where a hearing was held on May 6, 2021. Unfortunately, the Bills died in Committee after no action was taken. 

 

Worldwide Anti-Fur Legislation

A growing number of countries around the world are passing precedent-setting legislation to ban fur! Here are the latest countries to adopt anti-fur legislation:

France - November 2021 - The French Senate voted overwhelmingly in favour of banning the fur farming in wild animals. The ban will come into effect immediately and the two remaining mink farms in France will be shut down. However, the farming of Orylag rabbits will still be legal.

British Columbia, Canada - November 2021 - The Canadian province of British Columbia committed to ending its mink industry by 2025 after the Minister of Agriculture deemed mink farms pose a public health risk. In total, there are nine mink farms in B.C. and to date, there have been three outbreaks of COVID-19 on three of the farms. The closure of the mink industry does not affect the operations of two other fur farms - (fox and chinchilla) operating in the province.

Ireland - October 2021 - Three mink fur farms will be closed in 2022 when a fur farming ban in Ireland goes into effect. Legislation to ban fur farming was introduced in 2019 but enacted in 2021 after COVID-19 outbreaks on mink fur farms. Ireland's three mink fur farms produced approximately 110,000 pelts per year.

Estonia - June 2021 - The Eastern European country of Estonia voted to ban fur farming nationwide. The ban will come into effect in 2026, at which time all fur farms must be completely shut down. As of July 2021, no new fur farms are allowed to open in the country.

Denmark - December 2020 - 17 million minks were culled in Denmark after COVID-19 outbreaks on over 200 mink fur farms in the country. Further, mink farming is banned in Denmark until 2023. Kopenhagen Furs, the largest fur auction house in the world, announced it would be closing in 2023.

Hungary - November 2020 - Hungary banned the fur farming of minks, foxes, polecats and copyu amidst public health concerns. The decision was a preventative measure to stop fur farmers from setting up operations in Hungary after outbreaks of COVID-19 on mink fur farms worldwide. However, the farming of Chinchilla's continues in Hungary.

The Netherlands - August 2020 - The Dutch government fast-tracked a ban to close down its mink fur farming industry by March 2021. The ban was scheduled to come into effect by 2024 but after 41 mink fur farms tested positive for COVID-19 and 2 million minks were culled, the Dutch government immediately enacted the legislation.

 

California Bans the Sale of Fur Products - Effective 1/1/2023

On October 12, 2019, Governor Newsom signed AB 44 into law, making California the first state in the nation to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products. The bill does not go into effect until January 1, 2023. LCA is demanding retailers in California and the rest of the world to immediately stop selling fur productsand not wait until 2023. Let retailers know you won't support them until they commit to going fur-free NOW! 

  

History of the First City in the U.S. to Ban Fur

"Fur Free WeHo" 

West Hollywood, CA 2013 - First City in the U.S. to Ban Fur

On May 16, 2011, Councilman John D’Amico introduced Ordinance # 11-877 to ban the sale of fur products in West Hollywood, CA (WeHo), also known as the "Humane Capital of the United States". The ordinance passed in November 2011, making WeHo the world’s first city to ban fur products, setting a precedent for the rest of the world to put an end to the needless suffering of fur-bearing animals solely for the purposes of vanity.

West Hollywood has always been a leader in passing ground-breaking legislation in the area of animal welfare. In 1989, West Hollywood passed Resolution 558, making the city a "Cruelty-Free Zone" for animals by banning cosmetic testing and steel leg-hold traps. It was the first city in the U.S. to ban declawing of cats (and is also one of the guardian cities where animals are referred to as companion animals, not pets), and in 2010, it banned the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores. It has now furthered the effort to make good on that promise and has once again shown its leadership for animal welfare by becoming the first Fur-Free city in the nation. (Read the ABC 7 story here.)

The Historic Background to "Fur-Free WeHo"

LCA, Shannon Keith, Ellen Lavinthal, Ed Buck, and fellow animal advocates, came together to BAN the sale of fur in West Hollywood. After successfully completing a six-week campaign of weekly rallies and demonstrations leading up to the 2011 City Council elections, and visits to retail establishments carrying fur, some important objectives were met. Several stores voluntarily removed fur from their inventory, fur-free candidate John D’Amico was enthusiastically and overwhelmingly elected by the citizens of West Hollywood, and awareness was raised around the fur issue.

An ordinance to ban the sale of fur in West Hollywood was drafted, and at 1:45AM on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, the City Council voted 5-0 to pass the ordinance. On the second and final reading of the Fur-Free Ban (Ordinance 11-877) on Monday, November 21, 2011, three of West Hollywood’s City Council Members voted to officially pass the controversial ordinance. Although Councilmember John Heilman voted against the ban and absent Councilmember Abbe abstained, Mayor John Duran, Mayor Pro Tempore Jeffrey Prang, and author of the ordinance Councilmember John D’Amico voted in favor of passing the legislation, therefore ensuring that the ban be set in motion.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE OFFICIAL MINUTES (2.E ON PAGE 11) OF THE COUNCIL MEETING

The official implementation date of the Fur Free Ban was September 21, 2013. The ordinance exempts used fur products sold by private parties (excluding retail transactions), non-profit organizations, and second-hand stores including pawn shops.

The ordinance is one of the first of its kind in the United States.

LCA Presenting Historic Resolution 558 to WeHo in 1989 Proclaiming the City of West Hollywood a Cruelty Free ZoneLCA presenting historic Resolution 558 to WeHo in 1989. Proclaiming the City of West Hollywood a Cruelty Free Zone Council members Jeffery Prang and John D'Amico with Chris DeRose and Ellen Lavinthal at 9/20/2011 press conference announcing the historic vote to ban fur in WeHoCouncil members Jeffery Prang and John D'Amico with Chris DeRose and Ellen Lavinthal at 9/20/2011 press conference announcing the historic vote to ban fur in West Hollywood

Before being elected, campaign supporter and City Council candidate John D’Amico said: "West Hollywood has the opportunity to once again be a leader for animal welfare by becoming the first fur-free city in the nation. We have pledged to be a place that is free of cruelty to animals and we can no longer support the barbaric fur trade by selling the products of that cruelty in our city.” The precedent-setting vote in favor of the ban on the sale of fur apparel shows that West Hollywood leads the way for other cities to follow.

LCA thanks all the supporters who protested, sent letters, made calls and came out to support the vote. Everyone’s help contributed to passing this monumental legislation. LCA now hopes to roll this ban out across the nation!



JOIN THE FIGHT AGAINST FUR!

  • Contact your local City Council and ask them to make your city fur free
  • Educate yourself and other on the disgusting practices of the fur trade
  • Donate to LCA to help continue the fight against the fur trade

 

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