Last night, the city commission for Hallandale Beach, Florida voted 5-0 to make theirs the first city in the state to ban the sale of new fur products. The ordinance will take effect immediately and exempts used fur and pelts from cows, sheep and deer.
Florida has the eighth highest fur sales in the country according to 2017 Economic Census Data.
Kate MacFall, Florida state director for the Humane Society of the United States, said: “Florida is now on the map as a state that recognizes that fur products come from an industry that treats wild animals cruelly by raising them in unnatural conditions for the most frivolous of items. Hallandale Beach has set an example for other humane communities to follow.”
Michele Lazarow, the City Commissioner who sponsored the ordinance, said: “Hallandale Beach is a progressive community that doesn’t support products where unnecessary animal cruelty occurs, and the fur industry breeding animals for their pelts only and nothing else is a prime example.”
Anabelle Lima-Taub, the City Commissioner who co-sponsored the ordinance, said: “As a fiscally conservative lawmaker who believes that free enterprise is a moral imperative, sponsoring a fur sales ban due to the unspeakable cruelty to over 100 million animals killed yearly to supply the fashion industry, it comes down to right vs. wrong. If the multi-billion-dollar luxury fashion label stakeholders are choosing to be on the right side, I am proud to stand behind the principles of morality.”
California banned fur sales in 2019 following the passage of similar measures in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley and West Hollywood. Wellesley and Weston, Massachusetts, Ann Arbor, Michigan and Boulder, Colorado have also voted to end fur sales. Internationally, Israel became the first country to ban fur sales earlier this year.
In 2021, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Canada Goose, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Tory Burch, Alexander McQueen and Balenciaga have announced fur-free policies, joining top fashion brands and retailers Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, Prada, Gucci, Armani, Versace, Michael Kors, DKNY, Burberry, Chanel and many more.
- Emily Snow Ehrhorn