California Fur Ban - Assembly Bill 44

Assembly Bill 44 (AB 44), which would ban the sale of fur throughout the State of California, has been introduced in the state’s Assembly. Although California does not produce many fur products, it is the fifth largest economy in the world. For that reason, AB 44 is likely to have major impact.

Compassionate Cities has gone full force in 2019 to support California Assembly Bill 44. The California legislature is voting on whether or not to ban the sale of Fur in the Golden State. AB 44 has been assigned to the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee and if passed will head to the Judiciary Committee and finally to the California Assembly. Read the facts on the fur industrial complex and sign up below to receive more information on how to get more involved.

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The cruelty of the fur industry throughout the world has been well-documented. The Animal Rights Movement has been fighting to end this travesty for over 50 years. Now we have the opportunity to make real progress and maybe even end the industry. Just recently, Berkeley, San Francisco and Los Angeles have joined West Hollywood in banning the sale for fur. San Diego is working on a similar ban.

BRUTAL SLAUGHTER: Animals raised for fur are typically slaughtered by electrocution, either anally, genitally or orally. They are also slaughtered by carbon monoxide suffocation. Either way, it’s often not quick and it is horrifically painful for the animals. In China, which is a huge fur product producer, animals raised for fur have been documented being beaten to death, hung by wire and even skinned alive.

NO LAWS: Not only are there no laws protecting animals raised for fur in China, but also there are no federal laws protecting animals raised for fur in the United States.

TINY CAGES:  Some 85 percent of the skins of animals killed for fur come from animals crammed into severely crowded, filthy wire cages. Mink, which are wild animals, love to roam large areas and swim in their natural habitats. When raised by the industry, these animals often go insane with misery and will self-mutilate and/or even kill their own babies.

DOG AND CAT FUR:  In China, dogs and cats are raised for not only their flesh but their fur. Dog and cat fur is often mislabeled and sold in the United States.

ONE BILLION RABBITS: An estimated one billion rabbits are killed every year for their fur according to the United Nations. .

ONE HUNDRED MILLION MINK:  The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) additionally estimates that 100 million mink, as well as tens of millions of foxes, raccoon dogs and chinchillas are killed for their fur.

POLLUTION: The fur industry pollutes our environment with millions of pounds of feces produced by American fur farms dumped into water systems, killing aquatic life and harming drinking water.  

TOXIC CHEMICALS: Skins from animals raised for fur are treated with toxic chemicals to keep it from rotting and decomposing. The process of “fur dressing” is so destructive to the environment that the fur industry is now ranked as one of the world’s five worst industries for toxic-metal pollution, according to the World Bank.

STEEL JAW TRAPS: While most animals killed for fur are raised on fur farms, millions of raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, beavers and other fur-bearing animals are killed every year for by trappers using steel jaw traps. The device has been called inhumane by the American Veterinary Medical Association. It’s been banned by the European Union and by a growing number of states in the United States. Currently, a ban on animal trapping has been introduced in the California State Legislature.