As of 2023, it will be illegal to sell, donate and make clothing, handbags, shoes, hats, slippers, and key chains that contain animal fur in California.
Over the weekend, Governor Gavin Newsom signed the new animal rights bill (AB44) into law, including an additional bill that bars most animals, including monkeys, elephants, and tigers, from performing in circuses.
"California is a leader when it comes to animal welfare, and today that leadership includes banning the sale of fur," said Newsom in a statement. "But we are doing more than that. We are making a statement to the world that beautiful wild animals like bears and tigers have no place on trapeze wires or jumping through flames."
The law follows Californian cities San Francisco and Los Angeles who independently banned fur in 2018. San Francisco became the first major city in the US to ban fur within the city back in March 2018, and a few months later Los Angeles followed suit.
There are, however, some exclusions to the law. The new animal rights bill currently excludes the sale of leather, dog and cat fur, cowhides, deer, sheep and goat skin, and anything preserved through taxidermy. The fur ban also won’t apply to any used products, such as vintage fur items, or clothing used for religious or tribal purposes.