AB-44 – HRS Supports Ban on Fur

Apr 19, 2019

AB-44 – HRS Supports Ban on Fur
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A bill is making its way through the California Assembly, AB-44, which would ban the sale, distribution, or manufacture of animal fur in California. This bill, if passed, would be the first of its kind in the country, and would go far towards ending an incredibly cruel industry.

From the description of AB-44:

This bill would make it unlawful to sell, offer for sale, display for sale, trade, give, donate, or otherwise distribute a fur product, as defined, in the state. The bill would also make it unlawful to manufacture a fur product in the state.

Read the full text of the bill.

This bill is sponsored by:

Animal Hope and Wellness Foundation
Animal Hope in Legislation
The Humane Society of the United States

Agribusinesses are lobbying for an exemption for rabbit fur, claiming that they’re already killing the rabbits for meat, so they might as well sell the pelts.

The problem with this is that rabbit meat isn’t very popular, so if rabbit fur becomes the ONLY kind of fur allowed in California, it’ll dramatically increase the number of rabbits who are killed. Instead of rabbits being raised for meat, it’ll be rabbits being raised for fur. 

In addition, the claim that rabbit fur is just a byproduct of rabbit meat is specious. Rabbits who are raised for meat are killed at a much younger age than rabbits who are raised and slaughtered for fur. The fur from rabbits slaughtered for meat is just used for toys and trim; the fashion industry relies on rabbits raised and killed solely for their fur. The meat from these fur rabbits is too “old” for human consumption.

House Rabbit Society supports banning fur in California, AB-44, including rabbit fur (no amendments)

What can I do to help

California residents, call your Assemblymember to let them know that you support banning fur, AB-44, including rabbit fur! Let them know you do not support any amendments which would exclude ANY animal. Find your Assembly representative here.

Find out where the bill is right now in the legislative process.

Read about the process of how a bill becomes a law in California.

You can also call the author who introduced the bill, Assemblymember Laura Friedman: 916-319-2043

Please share with every California resident you know!