International Fur Federation Challenges San Francisco's Ban on Fur Sales as Unconstitutional

The issue has now been taken to court.

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San Francisco‘s ban on the sale of fur is now being challenged at court for being unconstitutional.

The bill to ban new fur sales was passed back in 2018 by San Francisco, making it the largest city in the US to ban fur sales. Los Angeles followed suit, which ultimately led to California passing a state-wide ban on the sale of furs last year. While the state legislation will come into effect in 2023, the law in San Francisco has already come into effect on January 1 this year, and just a little over two weeks after it took effect, the International Fur Federation (IFF) is challenging its constitutionality at the US District Court for the Northern District of California.

In particular, the IFF alleges that the City and County of San Francisco, as well as the director of the city’s Department of Public Health, Dr. Grant Colfax, have enacted an “arbitrary” and “ridiculous” bill that is “not about the health or safety of any human beings in San Francisco” nor about ensuring “the welfare of any animals in San Francisco.” Instead, they claim that the new laws will “interfere with interstate and foreign commerce” and so “violates the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution.”

The case is currently awaiting on a court ruling, so stay tuned as the story develops.

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