San Francisco becomes largest US city to ban sale of fur
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San Francisco became the largest city in the U.S. to ban the sale of fur on Tuesday after the city's supervisors voted unanimously for the measure. 

The ban, which will go into effect next year, will apply to animal furs on clothing and accessories, such as coats and gloves, according to The Associated Press.


An amendment to the measure allows retailers selling fur products to sell remaining inventory until Jan. 1, 2020, the AP reported.

The ordinance, which was sponsored by Supervisor Katy Tang, has received widespread praise from animal rights activists.

"Supervisor Tang and San Francisco are leading the way in making a more compassionate world for animals,” Wayne Hsiung, the co-founder of San Francisco-based animal rights group Direct Action Everywhere, said in a statement. “This historic act will usher in a new wave of animal rights legislation across the globe."

Retailers in the city hit back against the measure, saying it was unfair that only the city's Board of Supervisors were able to decide on the matter. 

“It should be a citywide public vote, it shouldn’t be decided by the Board of Supervisors,” West Coast Leather CEO Skip Pas told the AP. 

Roughly 50 retailers in downtown San Francisco will be impacted by the measure, said Jim Lazarus, senior vice president of public policy at the city's Chamber of Commerce, according to the AP.

However, the city said the prohibition is unlikely to harm the city's overall economy.