03/04/19 NYC To Ban Fur Sales

New York City is considering a proposed legislation that would ban the sale of fur.

City council officials Corey Johnson, Mark Levine and Fernando Cabrera have sponsored a proposed local law that would ban fur sales throughout the city’s five boroughs.

“As an animal lover, I believe it is cruel to kill an animal just for the purpose of people buying and wearing a fur coat. There is really no need for this,” Johnson said to the New York Post. “In a progressive and modern city like New York, banning the sale of fur clothing and accessories is long overdue. Saying no to fur is fashionable and a symbol of progress. This proposal is about protecting animals and their unnecessary killing.”

Following similar moves by other American cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Berkeley, where legislation has been passed to ban the sale of fur, New York would be the first city on the east coast to enact such a ban.

Momentum has been building since New York Assembly woman Linda Rosenthal introduced a bill proposing to make it illegal to “sell, offer for sale, display for sale, trade, give, donate, or otherwise distribute a fur product” in the state of New York by 2021.

“Increasingly, consumers are looking to make ethical and sustainable purchases — fur is neither of those”, said Rosenthal as quoted by the New York Post. “Fur farms across the United States raise animals like raccoons, foxes, mink and chinchillas to kill for their fur, often using cruel and inhumane methods”.



Image courtesy: Cara Delevingne in a faux fur cape for Burberry 2018

The proposed legislation was celebrated by animal rights activists. Commenting on the bill, Priscilla Feral, President of Friends of Animals, said in a statement: “Finally the day has come that city council members see the handwriting on the wall as well. NYC can be the ultimate fashion forward role model by passing this legislation and ending what most of society has come to understand: cruelty is not fashionable.”

Rosenthal’s bill is similar to the one recently passed in Los Angeles, the biggest American city to ban fur so far. The prohibition, which applies to apparel and accessories, will come into effect on January 1, 2021. San Francisco also banned fur sales last year after a historic unanimous vote by the city’s Board of Supervisors.

The luxury fashion industry is slowly but surely turning its nose up to the inhumane production and sale of furs. Brands including Gucci, Versace, Michael Kors, Chanel, Burberry and Victoria Beckham, along with retailers Net-a-Porter and Selfridges, have pledged to be fur-free.