San Francisco Becomes Largest U.S. City to Ban Fur

The news comes after a growing list of fashion designers have pledged to stop using real animal fur.

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While Versace, Gucci, Michael Kors and a growing list of luxury brands have recently , San Francisco just became the first major U.S. city to officially ban sales on all fur products.

Tuesday night, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors ruled they would ban selling new fur products within the city. The ban, which goes into effect on January 1, 2019, doesn't apply to secondhand items, sheepskin or lambskin. Furriers and all retailers selling real fur products will have until 2020 to sell their current fur inventories.

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"The sale of fur products in San Francisco is inconsistent with the City's ethos of treating all living beings, humans and animals alike, with kindness," supervisor Katy Tang, who pushed for the legislation, said in a statement. "There’s no humane way to raise an animal to peel its skin off."

Although the recent anti-fur movement has been a major win for animal rights activists, critics worry this move will hurt San Francisco's economy. According to , San Francisco's Chamber of Commerce estimates that fur sales account for at least $40 million of the city's sales per year.

Along with the economical argument, the raised concerns about faux fur's effect on the environment. In a statement, the council revealed San Francisco's ban of animal fur would cause an increase of petroleum-based faux fur, which would “directly contradict the many positive environmental moves the SF city council has taken regarding plastics and Styrofoam.”

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The fashion industry has also been a strong force in the recent expansion of the anti-fur movement. More and more luxury brands are halting the use of real fur and instead opting for faux fur alternatives. Versace, Tom Ford, Michael Kors, Gucci, Furla and more have recently announced a ban on all fur products. However, brands like Karl Lagerfeld, Saint Laurent, Fendi and Dior are still using real fur in collections.

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Below, see an updated guide as to which high fashion brands are no longer using real fur.


  • Armani
  • Bottega Veneta
  • Calvin Klein
  • Gucci
  • Hugo Boss
  • Kate Spade
  • Jimmy Choo
  • Lacoste
  • Michael Kors
  • Net-A-Porter
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Shrimps
  • Stella McCartney
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Versace
  • Vivienne Westwood
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