Breaking news: California leads the nation by banning fur sales, bobcat trophy hunting

The California law, which will go into effect in January 2023,
is a monumental victory in the Humane Society of the United States’
decades-long campaign to end this cruel and unnecessary trade.
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By Kitty Block and Sara Amundson

Moments ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom made history by signing into law

two landmark bills
: one banning the sale and production of all
new fur products in California, and another prohibiting the trophy
hunting of bobcats in his state.

California, a trendsetter in animal welfare and in fashion, is
the first state in the nation to pass a ban on the sales of fur,
and we applaud Gov. Newsom and the state’s lawmakers for
recognizing that California citizens do not want their state’s
markets to contribute to the demand for fur products. The fur
industry causes the suffering and death of more than 100 million
animals worldwide each year, and animals on fur factory farms are
forced to live in cramped, wire-bottom cages, deprived of the
ability to engage in natural behaviors, before being cruelly killed
by gassing or electrocution.

The law, which will go into effect in January 2023, is a
monumental victory in the Humane Society of the United States’

decades-long campaign
to end this cruel and unnecessary trade.
Hawaii and New York have introduced similar measures, and we’ll
continue working hard with other cities and states to convince them
to follow California’s lead.

The other bill Gov. Newsom signed today makes it unlawful to
trophy hunt bobcats in the state, although the measure allows the
lethal removal of any individual animal posing a danger to humans,
endangered and threatened species, or livestock. Other states have
passed temporary bans on trophy hunting bobcats after their numbers
dropped too low because of hunting, trapping and habitat loss, but
the California law goes above and beyond by taking a proactive step
to end needless and cruel trophy hunting before the animals are
pushed to the verge of extinction.

The law puts
bobcats
on a small list of protected species in the Golden
State, alongside California’s other wildcat, the mountain lion.
Bobcats at present face numerous other threats to their survival,
like the recent deadly wildfires and urban sprawl. And each year,
hundreds of these animals are killed by trophy hunters in
California. In fact, over the past decade, trophy hunters have
killed more than 10,000 bobcats in the state.

We are thankful to Gov. Newsom for signing these bills and to
all the lawmakers who voted for them. Our special thanks to
Assemblymember Sydney Kamlager-Dove, who authored the legislation
on bobcats, as well as the bill’s co-authors, Assemblymembers
Richard Bloom, Laura Friedman and Tasha Boerner Horvath, and
Senators Ben Allen, Cathleen Galgiani and Anthony Portantino. We
are also grateful to Assemblymember Laura Friedman, who introduced
the bill on fur sales last December. It had many notable supporters
among politicians and the fashion industry, including the
California Democratic Party, Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti,
the San Diego County Democratic Central Committee, the City of West
Hollywood, InStyle magazine, Stella McCartney, DVF-Diane von
Furstenberg, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Hugo Boss, Patagonia, H&M, GAP,
J.Crew, Madewell, Des Kohan, Hiraeth and Inditex/Zara. Animal
protection groups and citizens across the state mobilized in favor
of the legislation.

Year after year, California has been the hands-down pace-setter
among American states on a number of key animal-related matters,
including passing the world’s strongest farm animal protection
law, prohibiting the sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores, banning
foie gras, and ending the sales of animal tested cosmetics. For
nine consecutive years, it has topped our
Humane State report card
, which ranks states based on a wide
set of animal welfare policies. Today, by speaking out against fur
and for bobcats, the Golden State has once again proven why it
continues to be our nation’s undisputed leader on animal
protection issues.

P.S.: As we celebrate these victories, our thoughts are with the
people — and animals — of California who are affected by the
wildfires. We are keeping an eye on the situation and will be
standing by to assist as needed.

Sara Amundson is president of the Humane Society Legislative
Fund.

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Breaking news: California leads the nation by banning fur sales, bobcat trophy hunting