California Goes Fur-Free

The SJE Group is celebrating California's decision to ban the sale of animal fur products effective January 2023.

Following city-wide bans in both San Francisco and Los Angeles, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a package of bills over the weekend to fight animal cruelty in the state, including AB44 outlawing the sale, manufacture, and donation of fur clothing and accessories.

The bill applies to all new clothing, handbags, and shoes made of fur. Furs used for religious reasons or used by Native American tribes are also exempt, according to CNN. Violators of the ban, which goes into effect January 2023, will be subject to fines.

Tracy Reiman, Executive Vice President of PETA, released a statement calling the California ban a "historic day for animals in California, including those who have been whipped into performing in circuses, or skinned alive for their fur or skin," adding, "PETA is proud to have worked with compassionate legislators to push these lifesaving laws forward and looks to other states to follow California's progressive lead."

The SJE Group's core objectives are to support animal welfare and the arts. The Group undertakes many philanthropic initiatives, including advocacy, lobbying and financial support, to achieve those objectives. We are delighted about this momentous decision.

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