An overwhelming majority of residents support banning the sale of fur apparel in the city, a new poll released Friday shows.
The citywide survey, commissioned by a coalition of public interest organizations with the help of Friends of Animals and conducted by Mason Dixon, found that 74 % of Democrats, 71% of Republicans and 79% of independent voters support the sale prohibition. The results confirm widespread support for legislation introduced by Council Speaker Corey Johnson – Intro 1476– that bans the sales of fur apparel.
Worldwide, over 100 million animals are abused and killed for their fur every year. Whether raised on fur-farms in tiny wire cages or captured from the wild with cruel leg-hold traps, fur-bearing animals – including minks, foxes, coyotes, wolves, otters, beavers and raccoons—suffer cruel deaths. Designers, retailers, and cities around the world are joining together in banning the sale of fur and shutting down fur farms due to the cruelties.
In the past 18 months, Chanel, Phillip Lim, Jean Paul Gaultier, Coach, Burberry, Gucci, Michael Kors, and more, have all banned fur. Here in the US, the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco have recently banned the sale and manufacturing of fur, while cities and countries across Europe and Asia are seeking to do the same.
“We had no doubt New York City residents agree that the morality of the issue is clear and cannot be set aside. The results show that New York City needs to take action to catch up to what is clearly society’s sentiment, that cruelty is not fashionable,’’ said Friends of Animals President Priscilla Feral. “Showing compassion for animals, and all sentient beings, is one of the purest expressions of our humanity. NYC can be the ultimate fashion forward role model by passing this legislation.”
The poll not only showed overwhelming support in all of New York City’s boroughs, but support also cut across party lines, race and age groups.
Friends of Animals has joined with the Fur Free NYC coalition in supporting the passage of the fur ban.
“These polling results demonstrate that New Yorkers of all political persuasions oppose animal cruelty and overwhelmingly support a prohibition on the sale of fur apparel, which comes from tortured animals on fur farms and the wild,” said Allie Taylor Executive Director of Voters for Animal Rights, a member of the coalition. “I can think of nothing more common sense than ending the egregious practice of selling apparel made from abused animals and 75% of NYC voters agree.”
For more about Friends of Animal’s and the coalition’s efforts to ban fur and how you can help, click here.