By  on May 15, 2019

With a crowd of 300-plus in the City Council’s Chamber and 100 antifur protesters outside on the steps of City Hall, Wednesday’s public hearing was the first chance for both sides to face off about the proposed bill to ban the sale of new fur and shearling in New York City.

Should New York City go forward, it would become the largest city in the U.S. to ban the sale of new fur apparel and accessories. The term fur applies to any animal skin, in whole or in part, with the hair, fleece or fur fibers attached, according to the proposed legislation. The bill was put forward by Council Speaker Corey Johnson, along with City Council members Mark Levine, Fernando Cabrera, Justin Brannan, Helen Rosenthal and Robert Holden.

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