Success! San Francisco Says ‘No’ to Fur

Fur-free fashion has become a trend these days, and the city of San Francisco, California, just joined the movement.

On March 20, a unanimous vote by the city’s Board of Supervisors banned all sales of fur within city limits, making San Francisco the largest U.S. city to enact such a policy.

The decision sends a powerful message to animal rights supporters worldwide — and Care2 activists played a huge part in this success.

Over 115,000 people signed this Care2 petition urging the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to take a stand against animal cruelty by banning fur sales in the city.

The fur ban will go into effect on January 1, 2019 and will apply to any products using real fur — including items like coats, key chains and gloves — whether through retail sales or online sales of fur to a San Francisco address. An amendment allows furriers and other retailers to sell any current inventory until January 1, 2020.

“I hope that it inspires other cities and the country to take action. Certainly we need better federal regulations on fur farming,” said Katy Tang, the supervisor who has pushed for the ban. “There’s no humane way to raise an animal to peel its skin off.”

I have a hard time understanding why anyone wants to wear or carry the pelt of a dead animal — but even worse, these animals are kept in horrific conditions before they are killed.

Animal Defense International has observed numerous fur farms. Among the problems the group has witnessed:

  • Untreated infections or disease visible in animals’ eyes, noses and ears
  • Animals kept in tiny, dilapidated cages
  • Water bowls that are empty, unclean and broken
  • Malformed limbs
  • Open wounds

Following a life in such horrible conditions, PETA notes that the poor creatures may be skinned alive and anally or genitally electrocuted to minimize damage to the fur.

Thankfully, the war against fur is gaining momentum. San Francisco joins two other California cities — West Hollywood and Berkeley — in banning fur sales. The sale and import of furs is also outlawed in India and Sao Paolo, Brazil.

As a major fashion center, San Francisco sends a powerful message to global retailers and designers: The use of animal fur is cruel and irresponsible.

So far, international fashion houses Versace, Armani, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Tommy Hilfinger, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren and online luxury retailer Yoox Net-A-Porter have all announced they they will soon stop using fur in their designs.

As part of this global trend, Kitty Block, acting president and CEO of the Humane Society of the U.S. and president of Humane Society International points out that HSI is moving toward making a national ban on fur in the UK. Block also explains that HSI has secured a parliamentary inquiry into the UK fur trade:

Members of Parliament were shocked to hear HSI/UK’s investigative findings that animal fur can now often be sold more cheaply than fake fur, given the appalling welfare standards on farms in countries, including Poland, Finland, and China.

Take Action!

But even while cities, countries and fashion houses are abandoning the use of fur, some designers are still resisting — and Dolce & Gabbana is one of them.

Over 116,000 activists have signed this Care2 petition demanding that Dolce & Gabbana commit to fur-free fashion and donate the proceeds of remaining fur items to animal rights organizations.

You can join them by signing the Care2 petition today. The future is fur-free — and the sooner, the better.

Photo Credit: Dzivnieku briviba/Flickr

86 comments

Ishtar Motaal
Ishtar Motaal5 days ago

such good news!! I am really happy and pray the rest of the country AND world wull follow this great example!!

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Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson18 days ago

Nice.

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Ruth R
Ruth R19 days ago

Good news! " We Won! Supporters! You signed on January 19, 2018
This petition was a success because of signatures from people like you."

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Glennis W
Glennis W29 days ago

Greatest news to start a new week Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W29 days ago

Hope a lot more paces follow Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W29 days ago

Great news Thank you for caring and sharing

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Glennis W
Glennis W29 days ago

Fantastic news Thank you for caring and sharing

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Antje S
Antje Sabout a month ago

Good News! Thank you

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janis keller
janis kellerabout a month ago

That really made my day. California has it's faults but going fur free is fantastic!

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Shirley Layfield
Shirley Layfieldabout a month ago

Brilliant news, thank you for sharing! ^-^

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