THE BIG PICTURE - JOIN THE FUR FREE CT CRUSADE
Fur Free Connecticut was founded in 2019, on the heels of the state of California successfully enacting AB 44 and becoming the first state in the Nation to ban the sale of new fur products. Fur Free Connecticut was born out of a desire of local activists to become more effective in our efforts to end the cruel fur trade. We are an organization made up of dedicated animal advocates guided by the mission of working towards a more compassionate and ethical future for Connecticut.
House Bill 5031, to ban the sale and trade of new fur in Connecticut, has been introduced by Representative David Michel of the 146th House District (South End, Shippan and Downtown Stamford this legislative session. This is a groundbreaking bill for Connecticut, as this is the very first time legislation to ban new fur products has ever been introduced in the state.We are grateful to have three co-sponsors of the bill: Representative Michael A. Winkler of the 56th District; Representative Aimee Berger-Girvalo of the 111th District; Representative John "Jack" F. Hennessy of the 127th District; and Senator Rick Lopes of the 6th District.
We are an inclusive organization and open to partnerships with other activists and organizations working towards similar goals (fur sale bans, fur farming bans and protecting fur-bearing animals). We are proud of the partnerships we’ve made thus far which includes California, Massachusetts, Oregon, Hawaii, Washington, Utah, Minneapolis, New York City and New York State, Rhode Island and most recently Virginia. We are thankful to the animal advocacy groups that support us which include: CT Votes for Animals; The Humane Society of the United States; and In Defense of Animals. We also have gained the support of many small local businesses and organizations, and the list continues to grow.
Globally, the fur trade is responsible for the unspeakable cruelty and death of over one hundred million fur-bearing animals every year. Fur Free Connecticut rejects the animal fur industry and the notion that animal fur is fashion. Our number one goal is passing legislation to prohibit the sale and trade of new animal fur in the state.
A law will help to end the horrific cruelty to animals, promote public health due to the ink between fur farms and COVID-19, while encouraging faux fur and other synthetic, sustainable materials for a greener world for all of us. You can join our fight to liberate fur bearing animals from the fashion industry by contacting your state representatives and sharing this information with them.
Please get to know your legislators. Email, call and meet with your state representatives and begin to talk to them about the ban on new animal fur products and why it is important to you. Your relationship with them will be instrumental in helping to work towards a more compassionate, ethical, sustainable future for all beings that inhabit Connecticut. Faux fur and other fur alternatives are more ethical, compassionate, and sustainable. It’s their fur, not ours.
If you’d like to get involved, you can find us on Facebook or Instagram @furfreect or via email at [email protected]
Liz Garrett and Amy Mallardi - Fur Free Connecticut