San Francisco Becomes First US Major City To Ban Sale Of Fur

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If passed, the fur ban would go into effect January 1 and apply to coats and anything else featuring real fur, including key chains and gloves.

Benjamin Lin looks over a 60-year-old cheetah jacket he is restoring at the B.B. Hawk showroom in San Francisco on March 16, 2018.

San Francisco is now the first major USA city to ban the sale of new fur products.

San Francisco's Chamber of Commerce estimated that number as closer to $40 million, according to a recent survey of San Francisco businesses.

"It should be a citywide public vote, it shouldn't be decided by the Board of Supervisors", West Coast Leather chief executive officer Skip Pas told the AP. Furriers and retailers that have fur in their inventory will be permitted to sell the remainder of their goods until January 2020. In 2016, San Francisco approved what was then a groundbreaking paid parental leave law, requiring private employers to offer six weeks of fully paid leave.

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It follows the lead of Berkeley, which banned fur sales a year ago, and the city of West Hollywood, which approved a similar ban in 2013.

"More than 50 million animals are violently killed each year around the world to support the fashion industry", said Supervisor Katy Tang following the vote, the Examiner reports.

Retailers in the city's fashionable Union Square district expressed frustrated response after Tuesday's vote. "I will not win". The vast majority of British people feel the same, and our campaign for a nationwide ban on the sale of fur is gaining momentum in the UK. "I do not have the energy and the money".

According to Jim Lazarus, a Senior Vice President of Public Policy at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, approximately 50 local businesses will be impacted by this ban; the group also noted to April that the sale of fur makes the city around $40 million annually. The city's Office of Economic Analysis estimated fur sales at $11 million in 2012.

However, the city said the prohibition is unlikely to harm the city's overall economy. Reselling vintage and used fur by outlets not usually in the business of trading fur, such as secondhand stores, pawn shops and nonprofits, will still be allowed. Items with fur taken from animals trapped under a state license can be sold.


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