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While single-use plastic bags could soon be banned across New York State, The Guardian reports that the city council in New York proposed a new legislation that would ban the sale of fur. Stores caught breaking the rule would receive a $500 fine for the first violation and up to $1,500 for each subsequent violations, under the proposal.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson pushed the legislation last Thursday and said in a statement, “As an animal lover, I truly think it is cruel to kill an animal for the sole purpose of people wearing a fur coat. There is really no need for this.” He adds, “In a progressive city like ours, we need to take steps to protect animals.”

Johnson’s bill would still allow New Yorkers to sell used fur clothing, as well as new products made from used fur items. However, merchants would have to give up any fur they illegally put up for sale, according to the legislation. Furthermore, Johnson pointed out that high-end designers such as Donatella Versace and Diane Von Furstenberg have stopped using fur in their collections, “Michael Kors doesn’t use fur. Donatella Versace doesn’t use fur. Diane von Furstenberg doesn’t use fur. The industry has moved away from fur, because it’s cruel and inhumane,” he said.

There are critics that are opposed to the bill, however, as there are 130 businesses in the city that primarily sell fur, and employ up to 1,100 people. Those companies would essentially be forced out of business. Additionally, New York City would become largest US city to outlaw fur sales if Johnson’s bill passes.

“It’s shocking that they would want to do this,” said Nancy Daigneault, vice-president of the International Fur Federation. “These are people’s jobs. These people are fourth-, fifth-generation furriers. They’ve been good, tax-paying citizens for a very long time. They want to feed their families.”

For the full story, follow on over to The Guardian.

Words by Renz Ofiaza
Staff Writer

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