San Francisco Becomes Third Californian City to Ban the Sale of New Fur Apparel and Accessories

Top Quote Following a vote by the Board of Supervisors, San Francisco will become the third Californian city to ban the sale of new fur clothing and accessories, on January 1, 2019. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) May 27, 2018 - San Francisco's Board of Supervisors has unanimously voted in new legislation to ban the sale of fur clothes and accessories. The vote, which took place on March 20, 2018, will make San Francisco the third California city to ban fur products. The ordinance will come into effect on January 1, 2019.

    The ban will make it illegal to manufacture, sell, offer for sale, display for sale, trade, give, donate, or otherwise distribute a fur product by any means in the City of San Francisco. The ban applies to both in-store and online sales of new fur clothing and accessories, although the ban does allow inventories of fur products purchased before March 20, 2018, to be sold until January 1, 2020.

    Under the terms of the ordinance:
    • “Fur” is defined as: any animal skin or part thereof with hair, fleece, or fur fibers attached, either in its raw or processed state. “Fur” does not include such skins or parts thereof as are to be converted into leather, which in processing will have the hair, fleece, or fur fiber completely removed; cowhide with hair attached: or lambskin or sheepskin with fleece attached
    • “Fur Product” means any article of clothing or covering for any part of the body, or any fashion accessory, including but not limited to handbags, shoes, slippers, hats, earmuffs, scarves, shawls, gloves, jewelry, and keychains, that is made in whole or in part of Fur. “Fur Product” does not include dog or cat fur products.

    Stakeholders should note products made from dog or cat are already prohibited under 19 U.S. Code § 1308 - Prohibition on importation of dog and cat fur products

    San Francisco is now the third city in California to prohibit the sale of real fur in apparel and accessories, following West Hollywood and Berkeley. Stakeholders should now ensure their products are compliant with the latest restrictions to avoid a fine of $500 penalty per item per day for first offenses.

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