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City council banned fur sales in Attleboro, Mass.
Apr 5, 2024 07:45 ET

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ATTLEBORO — The city council this week banned the sale of fur products in Attleboro, but the ban can’t take effect any earlier than six months from now.

There are no fur stores currently in the city, so the ban is more of a deterrent. The council vote was taken Tuesday and was unanimous.

“I think (the ban) shows who we are and what we care about,” council Vice President Laura Dolan said. “It’s important.”

“This is near and dear to my heart,” Councilor Michael Angelo said.

According to the ordinance, “fur farms are reservoirs and transmission vectors for dangerous zoonotic diseases including SARS corona viruses.”

“The fur production process is energy intensive and has a significant environmental impact …and animals that are slaughtered for their fur endure tremendous suffering,” the ordinance states.

The ban will also “foster a more humane environment in the City and enhance the reputation of the City,” it states.

Used fur products can be sold in the city and they can be used for religious purposes.

A fur product may also be used by a federally recognized Native American tribe or where a fur product is authorized by federal or state law.

The ordinance imposes a $300 fine on the sale of each fur product and for each day of the offense.

Ordinance Chair Jonathan Tavares said he checked with Jack Lank, president of the United Regional Chamber of Commerce, who said it doesn’t affect any businesses in the city.

Tavares pointed out that six Massachusetts communities have banned fur sales and that state lawmakers in both the House and Senate have bills before them that would ban the sale of fur throughout Massachusetts.