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Banning the sale of fur (Hawaii)

An Act Relating to Animal Fur Products (SB 969/HB 32)

SB 969/HB 32 would ban the manufacture and sale of new fur products in Hawaii with exceptions including for used fur products, fur products used in religious practices, or fur products used for traditional cultural, tribal, or spiritual purposes by a member of a federally recognized Native American tribe.

Updated

February 23, 2021

Work Type

Legislation

Status

Active

SB 969/HB 32 would ban the manufacture and sale of new fur products in Hawaii with exceptions including for used fur products, fur products used in religious practices, or fur products used for traditional cultural, tribal, or spiritual purposes by a member of a federally recognized Native American tribe. In 2019, California became the first state to ban the sale of new fur products. Fur bans are currently being considered in multiple state legislatures including Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island.

On fur farms, animals like foxes and minks are confined to tiny wire cages for virtually their entire lives. Unable to engage in many of their natural behaviors, animals on fur farms routinely resort to self-mutilation, obsessive pacing, and infanticide. Undercover investigations on fur farms have uncovered egregious cruelty — including animals being skinned alive. To maintain the integrity of their skin and fur, animals on fur farms are usually killed via suffocation, electrocution, gassing, or poisoning. Sometimes, they are bludgeoned in the head or face repeatedly.

Whenever animals are intensively confined without regard for their health or welfare, public health is also endangered. Fur farms often confine thousands of animals to small barns or open-air cage systems. Sanitation is typically poor, and veterinary care is almost non-existent. As a result, these fur factory farms are breeding grounds for pathogens that can result in zoonotic diseases. Mink fur farms in the U.S. and around the globe have become hot spots for COVID-19. Minks are the only animal known to both catch the virus from people and transmit it to them.

The bill was introduced in the Senate by Senators Keohokalole (D-24), Gabbard (D-20), Kidani (D-18), Lee (D-25), and San Buenaventura (D-2) and in the House by in Representatives Takayama (D-34), Gates (D-44), Hashimoto (D-8), Ichiyama (D-32), Kapela (D-5), Kitagawa (D-48), Lowen (D-6), Matayoshi (D-49), Perruso (D-46), Tokioka (D-15), Wildberger (D-11), and Woodson (D-9).

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