The fur ban legislation has just been introduced in Oregon
This week Oregon State Representative Rob Nosse (D-Portland) unveiled House Bill 2676, which bans the sale of new fur products across the state. The bill, if required by law, would make the sale or distribution of new fur products a crime and would apply to the sale and manufacture of products such as clothing and accessories that contain fur. However, it exempts leather, cowhide and lambskin; Fur products for religious purposes; and used fur. The law is approved by animal welfare groups Compassionate PDX, Humane voters Oregon, Animal Defenders International, In defense of the animals, and Humans for the ethical treatment of animals (PETA). The first hearing of Bill 2676 is expected to take place in the spring of this year.
Fur farming spreads disease
Last year, mink was shown to be very susceptible to COVID-19. A mutant strain of COVID-19 was passed from mink to humans in Denmark, and the country’s prime minister has since ordered the killing of all mink on fur farms to help curb the spread of the virus. Last month, Sweden stopped mink farming for 2021 to stop the virus from spreading after COVID-19 was found on 13 of the country’s 40 or so mink farms.
“It is becoming increasingly clear that the fur industry is exacerbating the spread of diseases like COVID-19,” said Nosse. “By restricting sales of this cruel and unnecessary product, we can prepare for the next pandemic and create a safer, more humane Oregon.”
The second state to ban fur
If passed, Bill 2676 would make Oregon the second state after California to prohibit the sale of fur products within its borders. Major fashion houses – including Burberry, Juicy Couture, Coach, DKNY, and Versace – have already implemented fur-free policies. Connecticut, Hawaii, and Rhode Island introduced similar laws at this session.