Ann Arbor, Michigan, just announced that it will press ahead with plans to ban the sale of fur across the city. Ann Arbor City Council members just unanimously passed a ban stopping the sale and distribution of fur products within the city. The decision is particularly monumental due to Michigan’s longstanding involvement in the fur trade. As a fur-producing state, Michigan city and state governments have been targeted by several animal welfare organizations. Ann Arbor is the first city to ban fur within a fur-producing region.
“That’s yesterday’s business,” said Jeff Hayner, a member of D-1st Ward’s city council. He went on to add that “furriers must go the way of buggy whip makers. The world will be better for it. “
The city’s fur ban will go into full effect from one year ago, allowing retailers across the city to fulfill ongoing orders and sell the remaining fur stocks. Once the ban is fully in place, retailers across the city will not be able to distribute clothing or materials that use animal skins. The ban states that any retailer or company that violates the ban will be fined $ 500 per violation.
Ann Arbor City Council stressed that in light of the fur ban, consumers should turn their attention to the growing list of fur alternatives. The Ann Arbor Fur Ban Ordinance highlighted the growing faux fur industry, claiming the ban is intended to promote sustainability and reduce cruel treatment of animals.
“Given the availability of faux fur for fashion and apparel, the city council believes that the demand for fur products does not justify the unnecessary killing and cruel treatment of animals, harm to the environment and public health risks to the city’s population.” Ann Arbor are caused by these practices, ”the regulation says.
Although the ban says it will ban all fur sales, the city council has included some exceptions. The ban allows fur for traditional, cultural, spiritual or religious purposes to be sold. In addition, the regulation will also allow second-hand and vintage stores to continue selling fur to minimize waste. The fur ban emphasizes that it aims to stop the production of fur for future sale within the city.
The northern city’s decision to ban fur follows a growing trend among governments and companies to ban fur. Earlier this year, Israel became the first country to ban the sale of fur with the same religious and spiritual reservations. The country’s government stressed that the fur industry was an unnecessary pillar of the global fashion industry.
“The fur industry kills hundreds of millions of animals worldwide and causes indescribable cruelty and suffering,” said Israeli Environment Minister Gila Gamliel at the time. “Using wild animal skin and fur in the fashion industry is immoral and certainly unnecessary. Animal fur coats cannot cover the brutal murder industry that makes them. The signing of these regulations will make the Israeli fashion market greener and more animal-friendly. “
Stateside, California, issued its first fur sale ban in 2019. Other states, including Connecticut, Hawaii, New York, and Oregon, have nationwide fur sales bans in place. Pressure from nationwide bans and the move away from fur farming has put pressure on fashion companies to redesign their business models and clothing lines. Companies like Canada Goose, Balenciaga, Adidas, Prada, Gucci and more have joined the Fur Free Alliance to lead fashion into a sustainable era.
Currently, most of the bans are focused on the fashion industry rather than raw fur. Ann Arbor’s regulation is limited to a ban on the sale of finished fur products on accessories and clothing such as coats, scarves or hats. However, the ban does not extend to the sale of raw fur skins.