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On March 20th, 2018, the City of San Francisco has issued Ordinance No. 171317 to ban the sale of new fur products and accessories and even souvenirs in stores and online.
According to the ordinance, fur product means 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 keychains that is made in whole or in part of fur. Fur product does not include dog or cat fur products.
The ban does not include leather, lambskin or sheepskin products, vintage or used fur sold at second-hand stores, pawn shops or charities, as long as it is not from an endangered species.
The Ordinance will go into effect on January 1st, 2019. There will be a one-year amnesty until January 1st, 2020, allowing retailers to sell current inventory if they can provide proof of purchase prior to March 20th, 2018.
San Francisco joins two other California cities, West Hollywood and Berkeley in prohibiting the sale of real fur in apparel and accessories.