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Gov. Newsom Signs Law Making CA First to Ban Fur Trapping

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California becomes first state to ban fur trapping after Gov. Newsom signs law

SACRAMENTO (Los Angeles Times) —California has enacted a new ban on fur trapping for animal pelts, making it the first state to outlaw a centuries-old livelihood that was intertwined with the rise of the Western frontier.

The Wildlife Protection Act of 2019, signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday, prohibits commercial or recreational trapping on both public and private lands.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), who introduced the legislation, said it was time to end fur trapping.

“It seems especially cruel, obviously, and it’s just unnecessary and costly,” she said.Although commercial trapping was an early part of California’s economy, opening the San Francisco Bay Area to international commerce […]

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