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Mayor Supports Legislation Banning Fur Sales In New York City

March 28, 2019 - 6:00 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is pushing for legislation to ban businesses from selling fur products and now has the support of Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“The impulse of that legislation, I do agree with,” de Blasio said Thursday. “I haven't seen the specific legislation. That's something we have to talk to the council about, but the underlying idea, I agree with.”

The bill would prohibit business from selling any type of fur apparel and would fine companies that break the rule $500 for the first violation and $1,500 for each additional violation.

But, fur merchants and industry advocates worry about the bill. They say there are 130 fur-related businesses in New York City, supporting over 11,000 jobs.

“I am humanly sympathetic to folks in that industry, cause it is a lot of jobs,” de Blasio said. “And once upon a time, my family was in the garment industry.”

The mayor wants the bill to account for the loss of work, but made it clear that he isn’t a fan of fur.

“I do not like fur,” he said. “I do not have a mink coat and I do not want a mink coat.”