Victory: Fur Trapping in California is Now Banned!
Amazing news! The Wildlife Protection Act of 2019 (AB 273) has been signed into law to prohibit all fur trapping in the state!
California Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez introduced Assembly Bill 273 to outlaw commercial and recreational trapping on public and private lands. This groundbreaking legislation was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday, making California the first state in the country to enact such a ban.
Coyotes, mink, foxes, beavers, raccoons, badgers, and various other species are trapped and have their skins stolen to produce trivial “fashion” statements, such as fur trim, coats, and accessories. Although a leg hold ban was passed in California, fur trappers in the state have used box traps, nets, and cages to capture unsuspecting animals. Mobile gas chambers, manual strangulation, and anal electrocution have often been used to kill the animals they have trapped without damaging their pelts. Now, California has banned these cruel and unnecessary trapping methods statewide!
Thank you to all of our supporters who made calls and signed our alerts to protect fur-bearing animals from suffering. This momentous victory would not be possible without you!