PETA vice-president Tracy Reiman also commented: "Today is 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". "But we are doing more than that".
Those who violate this new law after Jan 1.
Assembly Bill 44, presented by Assemblywoman Laura Friedman last December and sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States and Animal Hope and Wellness, will go into effect on January 1, 2023.
The new fur law, which takes effect in 2023, was lauded by animal rights activists despite fervent opposition from the billion-dollar USA fur industry and threats of a lawsuit from the Fur Information Council of America. The Governor also signed into law a series of bills banning animals like elephants and bears from being used in circus acts, and prohibiting the hunting or killing of bobcats in California.
"We are making a statement to the world that lovely wild animals like bears and tigers have no place on trapeze wires or jumping through flames", Newsom said. Other critics opposed the measure for a number of reasons, including parents being unable to adjust work schedules, the consequences for after-school activities and some students still needing to get up very early to get to school by 8:30 a.m.
Animal activists in the United Kingdom are using the passing of AB 44 to add more fire to their #FurFreeBritian campaign, urging the U.K.to follow in California's footsteps and become the first country to ban fur. "It is about the end of animal use of any kind". "Just YouTube the videos showing the cruel way these animals - often stripped from their mothers as babies - are trained to do risky tricks".
The ban excludes used fur, fur used for religious or tribal purposes, as well as leather, dog and cat fur, cowhides, deer, sheep and goatskin and taxidermy. This includes the purchaser of an animal at auction to sign a sworn statement agreeing to comply with Penal Code provisions on the slaughter and sale of horses or horsemeat for human consumption.
Laws in Hawaii, Illinois, New York, and New Jersey, ban the use of most animals in circuses.
In February, the UK's Selfridges announced it would be banning the sale of exotic animal skins from February 2020. Newsom has said he aims to protect animal welfare and animal rights with the new measure.