VICTORY: San Francisco Fur Ban Survives Court Case

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A California judge threw out a case against San Francisco’s fur ban, setting a precedent and paving the road for a more humane state.

Our American friends at the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) celebrated the victory today, writing, “In April, the Humane Society of the United States intervened in the case to defend San Francisco’s law, represented by attorneys from our Animal Protection Law department and the law firm Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila. We immediately moved to dismiss the case, and in his ruling yesterday ​Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California, while granting our motion, said ​that the fur industry had failed to present a valid legal theory for why San Francisco’s law was unconstitutional.”

This decision comes on the heels of the Netherlands moving to advance the shuttering of their farmed fur industry over welfare concerns and the quickly spreading novel coronavirus, as well as a steady stream of fashion lines dropping fur.

In the dog days of summer, things aren’t looking good for the fur industry.

The recent victory has wider implications than the San Francisco fur ban, HSUS notes.

“Even more importantly, this victory establishes precedent that will help insulate California’s law—and fur sales bans in other cities and states around the country—against similarly meritless challenges in the future. The California law will go into effect in 2023.”

As more American cities and states, European governments and even fashion lines ditch fur due to ongoing and historic inhumane practices, we must ask: why isn’t Canada following suit?

The Fur-Bearers will continue to push provincial and federal policymakers on the subject of fur – showing the truth about fur farms, the lack of inspections and the current dangers they represent to animals, workers and the greater communities. With your support, we will Make Fur History.


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