On September 4, 2019, Governor Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 273 (Gonzalez, Chapter 216, Statutes of 2019), which prohibits the trapping of any furbearing mammal or nongame mammal for purposes of recreation or commerce in fur. Additionally, this change in law prohibits the sale of the raw fur of furbearing mammals or nongame mammals otherwise lawfully taken in California. These changes in law also eliminate the Fur Dealer and Fur Agent Licenses. The changes in law included in Assembly Bill 273 became effective January 1, 2020. The full text of Assembly Bill 273 is available on the California Legislature’s website.
In addition, on September 12, 2019, Governor Newsom signed into law Assembly Bill 44 (Friedman, Chapter 764, Statutes of 2019), which becomes operative on January 1, 2023. AB 44 will make it unlawful to sell, offer for sale, display for sale, trade, or otherwise distribute for monetary or nonmonetary consideration a fur product in California. AB 44 includes a definition of fur product with respect to the scope of these prohibitions. The full text of Assembly Bill 44 is available on the California Legislature’s website.