California Governor Gavin Newsom yesterday signed into law a bill that puts an end to commercial and recreational fur-bearer trapping.
According to the LA Times, “a total of 68 trappers reported killing 1,568 animals statewide in 2017.” There are 50,000 active trappers in Canada (inclusive of part-time trappers and Indigenous peoples; Fur.ca).
The bill was put forward by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), who said, “It seems especially cruel, obviously, and it’s just unnecessary and costly,” and that the existing trappers “cannot afford to pay the full cost of implementing and regulating their industry.”
Traps that are used to catch gophers, house mice, rats, moles and voleswill still be allowed, the Times notes.
California is also considering a law that would prohibit the creation and sale of fur garments.
This is a major step forward to Make Fur History around the world, and The Fur-Bearers are excited to continue bringing you news as it’s available.