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California Assembly votes to ban sale of fur

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Posted at 4:16 PM, May 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-28 19:16:35-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KGTV) -- The California Assembly has voted to ban the manufacture and sale of new fur products.

Animal welfare groups have rallied around the bill, arguing the fur industry is inhumane and pointing to alternatives like faux fur.

But opponents of the bill have countered that the proposed law would devastate fur retailers and manufacturers.

Some California cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Berkeley, have already passed ordinances banning the sale of fur.

The New York City council has also considered banning fur sales in America's biggest city.

The bill would not include used fur products or furs used for traditional purposes. Leather, cowhide and shearling would be exempt, too.

The measure, Assembly Bill 44, now goes to the state Senate.