California to Bar Most Animals From Circuses

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 13, 2019

In this May 21, 2019, file photo, people rally in support of abortion rights at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a measure, on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, requiring public colleges and universities to offer abortion medication.

Residents will no longer be able to sell or make clothing, shoes or handbags from fur as of 2023. "This law includes funds that can go to Planned Parenthood for "consulting" and new funds for 'security, ' allowing the nation's number one abortion vendor to sit back and cash checks, enjoying the chaos of abortions taking place at schools without any of the risk", said Hawkins.

The advocacy group Direct Action Everywhere said it's working with activists to pass similar bills in cities nationwide, including Minneapolis and Portland, Oregon, and it's optimistic California's law will spur action elsewhere. "Now governments are enshrining that in our laws". He further said fake fur is not a renewable or sustainable options.

California has become the first U.S. state to ban the manufacture and sale of animal fur.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) and its state affiliate, the California Rifle and Pistol Association, opposed the new restrictions, according to the Los Angeles Times. At least 18 circuses don't use animals, including Cirque du Soleil.

At first, critics warned the proposal was too broad and would impact county fairs, wildlife rescues or rehabilitation organizations. And Maria Jose Fernandez, legislative advocate for the California Catholic Conference, said the law is "trying to limit the alternatives for women".

The Southwest California Legislative Council opposed the law, arguing it will prevent people from being able "to experience the thrill of a circus performance featuring lovely, well cared for animals".

Also Saturday, Newsom signed legislation aimed at helping protect horses from slaughter.

Seventeen states and the District of Columbia have laws similar to California's current restraining order law, but the new law that takes effect on January 1 will be broader.

"We are grateful to see the College Student Right to Access Act signed into law so students who are struggling to make ends meet will not be forced to choose between their academic and financial well-being and accessing an abortion", Adiba Khan, co-founder of Berkeley Students United for Reproductive Justice, said in a statement.

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