San Francisco Becomes Largest U.S. City To Ban Retailers From Selling Fur

The ban will go into effect January 1, 2019.

Celebrities like Olivia Munn and Charlize Theron, as well as fashion houses like Gucci, Versace, and Michael Kors, are among those who have taken a stance against wearing animal fur. 

Now, San Francisco has become the largest U.S. city to ban retailers from selling new fur to their consumers. 

The ban ordinance was put forth on March 20 with a 10-0 decision ( one member of the San Francisco board was absent), and was led by Katy Tang, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. 

In a statement, Tang wrote that the the group aims "to send a strong message to the fur industry that the cruelty these animals endure for the purpose of becoming clothing and accessories is not consistent with the values of our city." 

Yahoo! reports that "West Hollywood became the first American city to ban the sale of new fur items in 2011, and Berkeley passed a ban on the sale of fur apparel last year." 

Additionally, "in 2000, the U.K. led that charge, followed by Australia in 2004. More recently, the Netherlands, the European Union's largest producer of fur, banned fur farming in 2012 and plans to end mink farming by 2024. Earlier this month, Norway banned fur farms and will phase out fox and mink farms by 2025."

San Francisco's ban will go into effect on January 1, 2019. To note, the ban will not apply to second-hand items, or sheep or lambskin, ABC News explains


Actress Alicia Silverstone has been advocating for this ban as well. Prior to the vote, Silverstone sent a letter — in collaboration with PETA — to board members. " ... There's so much violence in the world that's beyond our control, but banning fur sales is one easy way to set an example of compassion for the whole world to follow ," she wrote. "... It would make me even more proud to call San Francisco home."

With the ban in place, The Washington Post quoted a statement from Wayne Hsiung, co-founder of Direct Action Everywhere, saying that "this historic act will usher in a new wave of animal rights legislation across the globe."

Hopefully, efforts like this will continue to encourage retailers, consumers, and beyond, to stop purchasing real animal fur and, thus, further protect the lives of animals everywhere. 


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