San Francisco supervisors have voted unanimously to ban the sale of fur, becoming the largest US city to approve the prohibition.
The ban will take effect from the 1st January 2019, and applies to apparel and accessories featuring real fur, including coats, key chains and gloves.
However, retailers have until January 2020 to sell off existing inventory.
Wayne Hsiung, co-founder of animal rights network Direct Action Everywhere, said in a statement; “this historic act will usher in a new wave of animal rights legislation across the globe.”
The ban will not apply to secondhand items, nor will it apply to sheep or lambskin.
West Hollywood passed a ban back in 2011, and Berkeley approved a similar ban last year.
Although the ban is fantastic news for animal activists, some San Francisco businesses are complaining that it will hurt their revenue.
Benjamin Lin, an owner of a fur showroom in San Francisco told the Associated Press he might start selling fur somewhere outside the city, saying “I cannot fight it,”
“I will not win. I do not have the energy and the money.”
It is amazing to see cities within the US realise how unethical and cruel the fur trade is, and by taking direct action they are actively helping to fight it.
Earlier this year, some of London’s biggest retail areas also banned the sale of fur.