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California Has Become The First State To Ban Animal Fur Products

The beginning of the end?

The State of California has become the first in the US to ban the manufacture and sale of animal fur.

Residents will no longer be able to sell or make clothing, shoes or handbags from fur as of 2023.

Fur products used by Native American tribes for spiritual or cultural purposes are also included, however, the ban does not include leather products or taxidermy.

Those found breaking the law could face a fine of $500 (£395) or in repeat cases, $1,000.

The move has been celebrated by a myriad of animal rights groups which have been calling for the ban for some time.

Governor Gavin Newsom also signed a bill banning most animals from circus shows, except cats, dogs and horses. It does not apply to rodeos.

"California is a leader when it comes to animal welfare and today that leadership includes banning the sale of fur," Newsom said in a statement.

He went on to call it “one of the strongest animal rights laws in U.S. history”.

"We applaud Gov Newsom and the state's lawmakers for recognising that California citizens do not want their state's markets to contribute to the demand for fur products," a statement from Humane Society USA said.

Earlier in the year, Italian fashion house Prada announced it would stop using fur in its collections.

The move came about in collaboration with the Fur Free Alliance, an international coalition of more than 40 animal protection organisations working together to end animal cruelty.

Prada joined a host of other brands that have vowed to go fur-free in the last few years, largely in response to changing consumer attitudes towards animal welfare. The list now includes Gucci, Chanel, Burberry, Versace, DKNY and Coach.

Last September, London fashion week also committed to banning fur, making it the first of the big fashion weeks to do so.

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