Last month San Francisco's Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a ban on the sale of clothing and accessories containing real animal fur. Though two other cities in California already have fur bans, this will make San Francisco the largest U.S. city to institute such a ban. The ban will go into effect on January 1, 2019, but retailers will have an additional year to sell their existing stock. Thrift shops and nonprofits will still be allowed to sell secondhand and vintage fur.
While animal welfare advocates see the ban as a victory, some San Francisco retailers believe it will harm small business. The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce estimates that about 50 downtown retailers sell fur and about $40 million dollars in fur sales are made each year. The city's Office of Economic Analysis estimated the sales at a much lower $11 million in 2012, but regardless of the exact figure the city believes that the ban will not significantly harm the local economy overall.
Janie Har, "San Francisco becomes largest U.S. city to ban fur sales," USA Today, March 21, 2018.
Mahita Gajanan, "San Francisco Becomes the Largest U.S. City to ban Fur Sales," TIME, March 20, 2018.