By Bob Katzen

This bill would make it illegal to sell a new manufactured fur product in Massachusetts and impose a fine between $500 and $5,000 per fur product for anyone convicted of the sale.

The measure exempts used fur products and fur products used for traditional tribal, cultural or spiritual purposes by a member of a federally recognized or state-recognized Native American tribe.

Supporters say that more than 100 million undomesticated animals like foxes, raccoons, dogs and mink are confined to small wire cages and then subjected to cruel killing methods that are not regulated by federal humane slaughter laws. They say that animal protection organizations have documented animals being gassed, electrocuted, bludgeoned to death and skinned alive. They noted that there are many fur alternatives available and urged Massachusetts to end its complicity in this truly horrible industry.

“Massachusetts has been a world leader in animal welfare, and it is only proper that we continue that
tradition,” said sponsor Rep. Jack Lewis (D-Framingham). “With the wide availability of alternative products, this legislation is essential to end the notorious cruelty of the fur industry and further expand animal welfare practices.”

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