San Francisco now largest United States city to ban fur sales

San Francisco now largest United States city to ban fur sales

Benjamin Lin looks over a 60-year-old cheetah jacket he is restoring at the B.B. Hawk showroom in San Francisco on March 16, 2018.

This afternoon, the city's Board of Supervisors will vote on an ordinance banning the sale of any product containing animal skin with "fur, fleece, or hair" attached to it-everything from mink stoles to rabbit foot key chains.

Retailers said it was another social mandate at the cost of their business.

Fans of fur living in San Francisco will also not be able to buy fur via the internet, with a ban on the delivery of fur to an address within the city. An amendment added Tuesday allows furriers and other retailers to sell current inventory until January 1, 2020. In 2016, San Francisco approved what was then a groundbreaking paid parental leave law, requiring private employers to offer six weeks of fully paid leave. Supervisor Katy Tang says the cruelty animals endure for the purposes of becoming clothing and accessories is not consistent with the values of the city.

Retailers in the city's fashionable Union Square district expressed frustration leading up to Tuesday's vote.

The International Fur Federation and the Fur Information Council of America wrote a letter to the Board of Supervisors last week, saying the ban "would result in the loss of millions of dollars in tax revenues and jobs". "I will not win".

San Francisco now largest United States city to ban fur sales
San Francisco now largest United States city to ban fur sales

West Hollywood passed a ban back in 2011, and Berkeley approved a similar ban a year ago.

"At this moment I'm struggling (and) I'm not really making much money".

"What's next? They're going to say that you can't have beef and you can't have pork and duck in Chinatown?" asked Skip Pas, per the Associated Press.

"It will have a significant impact on dozens of local retailers, both large and small", said Jim Lazarus, vice president of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Reselling vintage and used fur by outlets not usually in the business of trading fur, such as secondhand stores, pawn shops and nonprofits, will still be allowed.

The city's Office of the Controller estimated that San Francisco retailers earned almost $11 million in fur sales in 2012, based on the most recently available economic data. The city's Office of Economic Analysis estimated fur sales at $11 million in 2012. Items with fur taken from animals trapped under a state license can be sold.

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