The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously yesterday to ban fur from the city, marking a historic moment in the fight to end animal oppression.
This follows the lead of other cities such as Berkeley and West Hollywood, who have already decided to ditch fur. The decision comes after pressure and debate brought attention to the city’s hypocrisy of claiming to have an ethos of kindness to all life, whilst they allow animals to suffer and die for fashion there.
The fur prohibition is said to be coming into effect from January 2019, meaning a total ban on any products made from real fur within the city.
What the ban highlights is the progress that can be made when people work together to bring about justice for animals. It shows us that when people are educated on the truth and when reasoned debates and conversations are had, people will change and laws will indeed change.
The struggle for change always begins with us, so we must now use the growing momentum behind campaigns to end fur, to build and create similar successes to the one that we are currently witnessing in San Francisco.
There is of course still a long way to go to create a fur free, vegan future, but today perhaps we can look at what is happening in San Francisco, hear that future calling us - and quicken our pace towards it.
Peter Keighley for Surge