Good news for all animal rights activists and also for those who, while not fighting on the front lines every day, still condemn certain practices: California has officially banned the production and sale of products derived from animal hair , such as the fur coats. Governor Gavin Newsom, who signed the law - in addition to one that prohibits the use of most animals in circuses - said: "California is a leader when it comes to animal welfare and today that leadership includes a ban on sell furs. "
An important provision, which will come into force starting in 2023 , and which will punish anyone who violates the law with fines that are more or less salted. This new law does not apply as regards the use of leather or cow skins, nor the skin of deer, sheep or goats. Furthermore, the prohibition does not apply to used vintage products or those used for religious or tribal purposes.
The move was praised by several animal rights groups, with a spokesman for the US Humane Society who said: "We appreciate the work of Governor Newsom and state lawmakers for recognizing the fact that California citizens do not want that the markets of their state contribute to the demand for fur products ".
Clearly it is not possible to make everyone happy and those working in the multi-billionaire fur sector have expressed their opinion against these new rules. Keith Kaplan of the Fur Information Council criticized the new law, accusing it of being part of a "vegan radical" program, in which the ban on furs would only be "the first step towards other bans on what we wear and eat".
At the moment even the big names in high fashion - Versace, Gucci, Prada - have claimed to have stopped or have planned to stop, with the production of clothes in animal skin.