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San Francisco:
Ban the Sale of Fur

End the sale of cruel fur products in San Francisco

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Introduction

An ethical revolution is stirring, as citizens of the world recognize that all animals deserve respect and compassion. The Compassionate City Campaign will ignite a movement for change, one neighborhood, university, or city at a time. 

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Tier 1: Bearing witness

(Target date: 2019) Horrific acts of animal cruelty are routine at slaughterhouses in our communities worldwide, yet the suffering animals are hidden from site by powerful corporations that profit on ignorance and fraud. We will bear witness to the suffering of animals, and shine light on the injustice. Bearing witness is defined by Tolstoy as not looking away but coming closer, as close as you can to a suffering animal, and trying to help her.

  • Promote the duty for everyone to bear witness and meet and try to help the victims, formally acknowledge the consciousness of animals, require warning statements on or near products of violence, and ban fraudulent “humane” animal products. 
     
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Tier 2: Saving Life

(Target date: 2021) The slaughter of non-human animals is the largest mass killing in history, and, if it continues unabated, threatens all life on this planet, including human beings. We will end the slaughter of animals and build communities focused on rescuing, and not taking, life.

  • Ban the slaughter of animals, provide sanctuary for exploited animals, run Carnivores Anonymous meetings, and protect the act of animal rescue in your city.
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Tier 3: Investing in Peace

(Target date: 2023) Hundreds of billions of dollars are given to companies that exploit and kill animals, in one of the largest corporate welfare programs in history. We will reshape our economic priorities to deter violence and support a peaceful world for all sentient life.

  • End subsidies for animal-exploiting corporations, promote animal-friendly alternatives, and create a regulatory system that protects all sentient life and funds sanctuaries for victims of violence.
     
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Tier 4: Enshrining an Animal Bill of Rights

(Target date: 2025) Social movements over the past 200 years have expanded our moral universe beyond the frontiers of race, gender, and nationality. We will enshrine the right of all sentient beings to be free from violence and exploitation.
 
Pass a local ordinance in support of the 28th Amendment to the Constitution, granting animals the right not be treated as property (whether for clothing, meat, experiments, or any other purpose), and to live safe, happy, and free

San Francisco’s fur ban reflects how kind people everywhere are now rejecting real fur because being unkind is un-American, uncivilized, and unacceptable. Scandinavian and other European countries have banned fur farming, and now, within California alone, San Francisco joins Berkeley and West Hollywood in rejecting a bloody industry that cages, bludgeons, and electrocutes animals just for a fashion look.
— Ingrid Newkirk, PETA President
This is an important step in the fight against fur. This will spread to other cities. In The Save Movement, Fur Animal Saves have already launched in Toronto, LA, London, Ontario and Newfoundland. This success encourages the Save network to follow DxE and San Francisco’s inspiring example.
— James O’Toole, Founder, Toronto Fur Animal Save
The rest of the country should follow in the footsteps of West Hollywood and San Francisco.  Vanity comes at a heavy price: suffering and death. Thank you, San Francisco.
— Chris DeRose, Founder, Last Chance for Animals
The cruelty animals suffer so that people can wear their skins and fur is unthinkable. I hope San Francisco makes the compassionate choice to ban the sale of fur, and then I hope the rest of our country does the same.
— Emily Deschanel, star of "Bones"
We congratulate San Francisco and its many dedicated animal advocates for working so hard to enact legislation that prohibits the selling of fur.  To understand what it means to be a legal “thing”,  one need merely to look no further than at a fur product, once a sentient being with his or her own  life, family, and interests, now an item of commerce. For the Nonhuman Rights Project, this victory affirms the strong public and political will—in San Francisco and beyond—for truly changing how we view and treat members of other species, legally and otherwise. Keep up the great work! We’re with you.
— Steven Wise, Founder, Nonhuman Rights Project

DxE is leading the way in legislative change for recognizing animals as individuals who have rights through its efforts in banning fur in Berkeley, and now San Francisco. The Save Movement is a dedicated partner in the Compassionate Cities Campaign promoting the duty to bear to bear witness and fighting for animal rights legislation, including an eventual ban on meat.
— Anita Krajnc, Co-Founder, Toronto Pig Save and The Save Movement
Americans are against cruelty, yet big business routinely tortures animals in ways that are intolerable when brought to light. Citizens have the right to know what’s happening in these dark places, and to bring our legal system in line with our values.
— Wayne Hsiung, Co-Founder, Direct Action Everywhere and Compassionate Bay
Vegan Outreach supports a ban on the sale of fur products in San Francisco. We hope San Francisco Board of Supervisors will get on the right side of history and protect these innocent creatures from the great harm and exploitation done to them by the fur industry.
— Jack Norris, Executive Director of Vegan Outreach
Caring consumers are aware of the terrible cruelty of fur production and many are rejecting fur as an inhumane product, including numerous fashion designers, celebrities, and retail stores. We applaud the city of San Francisco for considering joining West Hollywood and Berkeley with a compassionate ban on the sale of fur. Vulnerable animals in the fur industry need us to protect them from the suffering of barren, monotonous confinement and painful electrocution, all for an unnecessary product of vanity.
— Karen Davis, PhD, United Poultry Concerns
The Animals Voice stands with the city of San Francisco, Direct Action Everywhere, and all the activists working together to enact legislation ending the unacceptable practice of selling fur. We must speak for the animals, tortured, abused, and killed in a cruel industry.   

Congratulations to all involved for bringing the world a step closer to recognizing the rights of all earthlings to live.
— Laura Moretti & Susan Barzallo, The Animals Voice Magazine
“The fur industry’s days are clearly numbered. Whether it’s San Francisco banning fur sales, major brands like Gucci, Michael Kors and Armani dropping fur, or top fur-producing countries like Norway and the Netherlands outlawing fur farming, the writing on the wall couldn’t be any clearer. We applaud San Francisco for embracing innovation and cruelty-free fashion by going fur-free.”
— PJ Smith, senior manager of fashion policy for The Humane Society of the United States