New York City has long been known as one of the globe’s biggest hot spots when it comes to the world of fashion. Now, a new proposed legislature is coming out of this hub that could rock the fashion world, but make environmentalists extremely happy.
The proposed law would ban the sale of fur products in New York City. But it doesn’t stop with the Big Apple. There’s also a proposal that could extend the ban across the entire state. As you might expect, the proposal isn’t sitting well with those in the fur business. Many companies have spoken out against the legislature, saying that it would leave many workers without jobs. One statement says that more than a thousand employees in the fur industry could be left jobless in New York City alone.
Those who are in favor of the ban are just as quick to counter such claims. They’ve said that while it’s true many people would lose their jobs initially, they would have no problem finding more work that did not involve the “barbaric” and “inhumane” practice of creating clothing from animal furs.
Linda Rosenthal, the Democratic assemblywoman involved with the proposed legislation, said that animal cruelty and economic development should not be confused. She went on to say in an interview: “Fur relies on violence to innocent animals. That should be no one’s business.”
The move would be a serious blow to the fur industry indeed. At one time, New York City was responsible for more than 75% of all the fur business in the United States and while the business has slowed, New York City is still the biggest hub for the fur business in the country.
The proposed ban certainly isn’t the first of its kind. What’s more, it isn’t the first major city to propose such a move. Los Angeles proposed a similar ban and it passed. San Francisco did the same.
If the ban passes in New York City it would be a tremendous win for environmentalists, and it would likely set a very large ball rolling that would leave the fur industry in a very tight spot.