AB 44 – Ban Fur Sales In California

Breaking news! California’s State Assembly just approved AB 44, the nation’s first statewide fur ban. Now it’s up to the State Senate to send AB 44 to the governor’s desk. Contact your senator and urge him/her to support a fur-free California:

AB 44 would make it unlawful to manufacture, sell, or otherwise distribute a fur product in our state. (Certain items are exempt, including used fur.) The prohibition would apply to items such as clothing, handbags, shoes, slippers, hats, or key chains that contain fur and provides for a civil penalty for each violation.

Question from Sabrina on Facebook:
Does this cover cultural items such as dress sporans? Native American religious items? House slippers with sheep skin on the inside? Many country minded buy furniture with cow hide (with hair), does it have to have the fur on or is it also leather products in total? If not, what’s the difference? Must find the entire verbiage and see exactly what the parameters are. So many laws are passed with so many loop holes or unexpected and unplanned problems and results.

Complete text of the bill at this link. Used/vintage fur items are exempt, which would cover Native American artifacts. Please, keep in mind that this bill only encompasses the *sale* of fur items, not their ownership. Exemptions: Cowhide with hair attached thereto; Deerskin, sheepskin, or goatskin with hair attached thereto.

Sabrina: Thanks for the link and the information.