On March 20th 2018, San Francisco supervisors voted unanimously to ban the sale of fur, becoming the largest U.S city to do so. The ban comes into force on January 1st 2019, and includes any apparel or accessories which contain fur including coats and key chains. Retailers will be allowed to sell their current inventory until January 1st 2020.
San Francisco has become known for its love of animals, having previously passed laws prohibiting performances by exotic animals and forbidding the sale of non-rescue cats and dogs from pet stores. However small retailers are concerned about how the ban on fur will affect their ability to make a living, with some stating that it should have been put to a citywide vote.