It was a momentous day for animals as San Francisco became the largest US city to ban the sale of fur this week.
The city’s Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance Tuesday put forward by Board Member Katy Tang that will end the sale of all fur apparel and accessories beginning January 1, 2019.
“After a major announcement that Donatella Versace will no longer be using fur in her designs – following the likes of Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Michael Kors, and always-vegan brand Stella McCartney – I know that this is the right thing to move animal welfare forward,” Tang wrote on her Facebook page. “Profiting off of the literal backs of animals is not right and we will no longer tolerate animal cruelty in the city of St. Francis!”
The City of West Hollywood was the first city to ban fur. In 2013 they enacted an ordinance similar to the one in San Francisco, which resulted in a legal challenge by a fur retailer days later. A judge dismissed the case, and the fur ban was upheld.
The incredible victory for animals in San Francisco shows that no matter how much propaganda the fur industry spins, people who learn the truth will make compassionate decisions – and that leaders will follow the lead of the majority when their wants are made clear.
Congratulations to Katy Lang, the advocates of San Francisco, and everyone who helped to #MakeFurHistory!