New York Proposed Bill to Ban the Sale of Fur Products & Fur Ban Summary


New York Proposed Bill to Ban the Sale of Fur Products & Fur Ban Summary

The state of New York has proposed a bill amending the general business law by adding a new section 399-aaaa, which would make it unlawful to sell, offer for sale, display for sale, trade, give, donate, or distribute a fur product by any means in the state.

By Bureau Veritas Technical Services 3 minute read

Definitions in the proposed law are as follows:

Fur": Any animal skin or part thereof with hair, fleece, or fur fibers attached thereto, 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 thereto; or lambskin or sheepskin with fleece attached thereto.

"Fur Product": 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 key chains, that is made in whole or in part of fur.

If passed, the law will become effective January 1, 2021.

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For your reference, a listing of Current and Proposed State and City Fur Bans is as follows:

State or CityProposed or EnactedEffective Date
State of CaliforniaProposed No date proposed
State of HawaiiProposed No date proposed, will take effect upon its approval
State of New YorkProposed If passed: Effective January 1, 2021
City of Berkley, CAEnacted March 28, 2017
City of San Francisco, CAEnacted January 1, 2020
City of Los Angeles, CAEnacted If passed: January 1, 2021
City of West Hollywood, CAEnacted September 21, 2013

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