fur coats

Regulatory News

Connecticut, Hawaii and Oregon Propose Bills to Ban Sale of Fur Products

Jan. 27 2021

The states of Connecticut, Hawaii and Oregon have each recently proposed bills to ban the sale of fur products in their state.  It should be noted that Hawaii had proposed a ban in 2019 and has now reintroduced it.  

The common purpose of all three states’ laws is to ban the sale of fur products.  The details and definitions in the proposed laws differ.  Oregon’s definitions are more encompassing than Connecticut’s and Hawaii’s, so we have included Oregon definitions of “fur” and “fur products” for your reference:
“Fur” means any animal skin or part thereof, in a raw or processed state, to which hair, fleece or fur fiber is attached. 

“Fur product” means any of the following that is made in whole or in part of fur:
(i) An article of clothing or other covering for any part of a body;
(ii) A fashion accessory, including jewelry or a handbag, shoe, slipper, hat, earmuff, scarf, shawl, glove or keychain;
(iii) A toy; or
(iv) A home accessory or item of home decor. 

“Fur product” does not mean:
(i) An animal skin or part thereof that is to be converted into leather, or from which hair, fleece or fur fiber will be completely removed during processing;
(ii) Cowhide with hair attached thereto;
(iii) Deerskin with hair attached thereto;
(iv) Lambskin or sheepskin with fleece attached thereto; or
(v) The pelt or skin of any animal that is preserved through taxidermy or for the purpose of taxidermy.
Since the proposed laws do vary somewhat, please follow the provided links for each state’s details:
• Connecticut: https://www.cga.ct.gov/2021/TOB/H/PDF/2021HB-05031-R00-HB.PDF
• Hawaii:  https://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2021/bills/HB32_.htm
• Oregon: https://olis.oregonlegislature.gov/liz/2021R1/Downloads/MeasureDocument/HB2676/Introduced 

Additional Information:  
For your reference, an updated listing of current and proposed State and City Fur Bans is as follows: 

State or City Proposed or Enacted Effective Date
State of California Enacted     January 1, 2023
State of Hawaii     Proposed No date proposed, will take effect upon its approval
State of New York Proposed 2021: No specific date
State of Connecticut Proposed Not indicated
State of Oregon     Proposed Not indicated
New York City Proposed 90 days after becomes law
City of Berkley, CA Enacted March 28, 2017
City of San Francisco, CA Enacted January 1, 2020
City of Los Angeles, CA Enacted January 1, 2021
City of West Hollywood, CA Enacted     September 21, 2013

How Does this Impact You? Contact Us to Discuss
If you have any questions, please contact your customer service representative or email:info@us.bureauveritas.com

Get in touchwith us
Would you like to receive marketing communication from Bureau Veritas?
Would you like to receive marketing communication from Bureau Veritas?