We would like to express gratitude to all the volunteers that worked tirelessly over the years to make this happen. California has become the first state to strongly consider the ban of the sale of fur. With decades of effort, activists have done investigations, protested and have lobbied to make this happen. This is the first major hurdle and we will be lobbying the next portion of the CA State Legislature, the Senate, after the legislative break. Thank you for the calls made to all the assemblymembers!
Compassionate Bay is going full force in lobbying for Assembly Bill 44 (AB 44). AB44 will ban the sale of fur in the state of California. The impact of this bill will be instrumental in setting the legislative stage for the personhood of non human animals to be recognized as a legitimate case. We are undertaking grassroots efforts and state level lobbying to ensure this bill passes in the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, Judiciary Committee and finally the California Assembly. Support AB44 by calling your district assembly member to vote yes!
We are happy to announce that Matt Haney and Kate Harrison have won, Compassionate Bay’s first endorsed candidates in San Francisco and Berkeley! We have reached this goal through the hard work and effort of all the volunteers that helped each Sunday to canvass and phone bank. We are excited for our future work for animal rights legislation in the cities and continued work with Matt and Kate. We thank all those that helped in this effort and Victoria Gu for leading the charge with Matt Haney.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted today to ban the sale and production of fur, making San Francisco the first major city in the US to pass such a ban. The fur ban was introduced and authored by Supervisor Katy Tang. In a statement, Supervisor Tang said her "hope is that it will send a strong message to the rest of the world.” With widespread media attention and major retailers like Versace and DKNY announcing they are going fur-free, it is likely that San Francisco is just the start and soon the entire fur industry will be eradicated
The ban goes into effect Jan 1st, 2019.
We are thrilled to launch the Compassionate City campaign! An ethical revolution is stirring, as citizens of the world recognize that all animals deserve respect and compassion. Today, we launch a campaign that has the power to change the world for animals. Everyday people, along with leading animal rights organizations Direct Action Everywhere, In Defense of Animals and The Save Movement, have joined together to bear witness, save life, invest in peace, and enshrine animal rights.
Horrific acts of cruelty are routine across the world, yet are often disguised by powerful corporations that profit on ignorance and fraud. In this campaign, we will bear witness to the suffering of animals, and bring transparency and integrity to communities. Cities will formally acknowledge the consciousness of animals, require warning statements on or near products of violence, and ban fraudulent “humane” animal products.
The slaughter of animals is one of largest mass killings in history, and, if it continues unabated, threatens all life on this planet, including human beings. The campaign will end the slaughter of animals and build communities focused on rescuing, and not taking, life. Cities taking part will ban the slaughter of animals, provide sanctuary for exploited animals, run Carnivores Anonymous meetings, and protect the act of animal rescue.
Hundreds of billions of dollars are given to companies that exploit and kill animals, in one of the largest corporate welfare programs in history. Campaigners will reshape economic priorities to deter violence and support a peaceful world for all sentient life. Each Compassionate City will 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.
Social movements over the past 200 years have expanded our moral universe beyond the frontiers of race, gender, and nationality. We will enshrine the constitutional right of all sentient beings to be free from violence and exploitation. The final goal of Compassionate City is to pass a resolution in support of the 28th Amendment to the Constitution, granting animals legal personhood and the right to live safe, happy, and free.
With your help, we are starting a tidal wave of change for animals, one neighborhood, university, or city at a time, and encourage everyone who cares for animals to get involved. Our first goal is to gather one million signatures to get the United Nations to include animal rights in its Universal Periodic Review.
Join us now to be a part of animal rights history. Sign the petition and start the revolution to make every city a Compassionate City: CompassionateCity.org