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CALIFORNIA BECOMES FIRST STATE TO BAN FUR 10/16/2019

This week, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 44 into law, which will make California the first state in the country to prohibit the sale and manufacture of new fur statewide. The law will go into effect on January 1, 2023 and violators will be fined up to $1,000 and/or serve up to six months in jail. In December 2018, California assembly member Laura Friedman introduced AB 44, which is sponsored by The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) and supported by organizations In Defense of Animals (IDA), Animal Hope in Legislation (AHL), and Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation (AHWF). This week, Newsom also signed SB313 (known as the "Circus Cruelty Prevention Act") into law, making California the third state—behind New Jersey and Hawaii—to ban wild animal circuses. SB 313 was authored by Senator Ben Hueso, and sponsored by animal-rights groups People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and Social Compassion in Legislation (SCIL). Additionally, Newsom signed AB1260 into law which bans the import and sale of certain "exotic" skins, including those derived from lizards, caimans, and hippopotamuses, a bill also sponsored by PETA and SCIL. In September, Newsom signed into law The Wildlife Protection Act of 2019 (AB 273), making California the first state to ban fur trapping. (vegnews.com)

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