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California Fur Ban - Assembly Bill 44

Assembly Bill 44 (AB 44), would ban the sale of animal fur throughout the State of California. California is the fifth largest economy in the world, and so AB 44 is likely to have a ripple effect felt throughout the world.

Worldwide, over 100 million animals are abused and killed for their fur every year. Whether raised on fur farms or trapped from the wild, fur-bearing animals including: foxes, coyotes, wolves, bobcats, beavers, otters, dogs, cats, and raccoon dogs, have unimaginable cruelty inflicted upon them by the fur industry.

As consumers become more aware of how animals are violently abused and killed for their fur, they are seeking to buy clothing, shoes, and accessories that are as ethically produced as they are functional and stylish. That is why designers, retailers, cities, and countries around the world are joining together in banning the sale of fur and shutting down fur farms. In the past 18 months, Chanel, Phillip Lim, Jean Paul Gaultier, Coach, Burberry, Gucci, Michael Kors, Prada, and more, have all banned fur. Here in the US, the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco have recently banned the sale and manufacturing of fur, while cities and countries across Europe and Asia are doing the same.

It’s clear that fur is cruel and a relic of the past. Together, we can make California, the fifth largest economy in the world, fur free.

Here is a list of public figures, businesses, and organizations that support AB-44.

 

What’s next?

AB 44 has passed all California Assembly votes, and the first two California Senate votes. Next, AB 44 will be heard in the state Senate Appropriations Committee, and will be placed on something called the suspense file because its cost to California exceeds $150,000. If the Appropriations Chairperson, Anthony Portantino, views the bill favorably, AB-44 will be released from suspense around the end of August, so that it may move on to the full Senate floor for the final vote.

  • If you live in Senator Portantono’s district (parts of Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties), please call and request a meeting at one of his home offices, and make sure to call him and tell him to support AB-44. Who is my Senator?

  • If you would like to submit a letter to the Appropriations Committee in support of AB-44 before the end of August, instructions are here.

  • There will be a fur ban coalition rally and lobby day on Wednesday, August 21st at 9am. Event page coming soon.

Here are all of the steps to the finish line.

Fur ban news articles here.

Californians: take action!

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Call your state senator this week to ask them to support AB 44. Calling is easy! It takes just 2 minutes, and we have a script you can use. The script and directions on how to get the names of your state representatives is here.

Send a short email to your Senator, through through this page, or through text message.

If you would like to submit a letter to the Appropriations Committee in support of AB-44 before the end of August, instructions are here.

To learn more about our campaign and get involved with grassroots organizing, check out our campaign guide here.

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