Published: Sun, October 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

California Ensures Abortion Access For College Students In National First

California Ensures Abortion Access For College Students In National First

The new fur law, which takes effect in 2023, was lauded by animal rights activists despite fervent opposition from the billion-dollar USA fur industry and threats of a lawsuit from the Fur Information Council of America.

People in the market for mink coats or chinchilla vests will soon need to shop elsewhere, now that California will become the first state in the nation to ban new fur clothing.

A legislative analysis predicted that it would cost California's state parks system almost $2 million to enforce the ban and place 5,000 signs at each of its state parks to ensure compliance with the law.

Second-hand fur products are exempt from the ban, as are fur products used by Native American tribes for spiritual or cultural purposes.

In a statement Saturday morning, Newsom said, "California is a leader when it comes to animal welfare and today that leadership includes banning the sale of fur".

Religious and anti-abortion groups opposed the bill, with Live Action President Lila Rose saying the law "turns universities into abortion centers". "We are making a statement to the world that lovely wild animals like bears and tigers have no place on trapeze wires or jumping through flames". It also doesn't apply to leather, cowhides, stuffed animals and the full skin of deer, sheep and goats.

Four persons shot dead at illegal gambling club in New York City
Police say they saw evidence of gambling such as cards and dice at the location, but did not see evidence of alcohol consumption. Shea said that among the victims, two were from "out of state" and the remaining five resided in different areas of Brooklyn.

Fashion designers including Versace, Gucci and Giorgio Armani have stopped or say they plan to stop using fur. At least 18 circuses don't use animals, including Cirque du Soleil.

Under the new law, a school can no longer give a student a cheaper alternative meal.

The bill joins a slew of others passed by Democratic-leaning states looking to strengthen or expand abortion access as Republican-leaning states, emboldened by the conservative-majority Supreme Court and efforts by the federal government limiting abortion, push measures to restrict it.

The companion bill was authored by Democratic Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks, who cited last year's slaying of a dozen people at the Borderline Bar and Grill in her Southern California community of Thousand Oaks. The law does not rely on state dollars, according to The Associated Press.

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

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