California revised its animal rights laws and is set to become the first state in the US which will ban the manufacture, sale, and purchase of the fur products of certain wild animals. It has also banned most animals for entertainment and circus performances and is likely to be the third star to do so. Such has been agreed on after Gavin Newsom, the governor signed a pair of bills for the same on October 13th.
The sale and manufacture of clothes, handbags, belts or shoes with fur are to cease from 2023. Many animal rights groups approved of this as a great step against inhumane practices towards the wild animals leading to their endangerment. It did face repercussions from the US fur industry yet the law remains intact for a place like San Francisco and Los Angeles.
However, products made for tribal people or religious purposes are excluded from this law. For example, the sale of cat and dog fur, leather, skins of sheep, goat, and deerskin and the like are excluded from this law. So are the ones preserved via taxidermy. But the sale of products made out of animals like minks, rabbits or chinchillas is restricted from the new law.
Therefore, designers like Gucci, Versace, and Armani have started to stop making fur products. Violation of this law may cost a fine of $1000.
Cassie King from Direct Action Everywhere said that ordinary people want to see the animals safe and protected against inhuman practices. DAE is working on similar bills to be passed in Minneapolis, Oregon, and Portland too.
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Opponents of this law have mentioned the possibility of the rise of the black market under such a situation. From the Fur Information Council, Keith Kaplan charged this legislation as a “radical vegan agenda” that is trying to control what people should wear or eat.
California has come together with Hawaii and New Jersey in banning various animals for circus except for tamed cats, dogs, and horses. Violation of this law can lead to a fine of $25,000. Circuses are declining in prominence for some time now and such a law may decline their existence completely. The Southwest California Legislative Council said that such a ban would prevent people from enjoying a thrilling performance by animals. However, there are around 18 circuses that do not use animals and are doing quite well. Even PETA supported both these laws.
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