California: The Golden State for Animals

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The latest animal-friendly news from California makes me want to shout the state’s motto and make the big move ASAP.

First, the California Assembly overwhelmingly passed a law that would require that all fur products be labeled with the type of animal (or faux fabric) and the country of origin. This would close a loophole in federal law that allows clothing with less than $150 worth of fur to be sold without any label identifying it as real fur, and it will stop many people from mistakenly buying real fur when they intended to buy faux.

The fur labeling bill is now headed to the State Senate, so if you have the good fortune to live in California, please urge your state senators to vote for it.

And that’s not all! If you live in San Francisco, get ready to celebrate the city’s first Meat-Free Monday, aka “Veg Day.” San Francisco’s Board of super-savvy Supervisors approved a resolution that calls on the city’s restaurants, grocery stores, and schools to recognize the health and environmental benefits of meat-free meals. A plant-based diet also saves animals from the horrors of factory farming and slaughter.

For all you non-Californians, encourage your state and local politicians to follow California’s example and make a commitment to helping animals, the planet, and their constituents’ health. In the meantime, you can celebrate your own cruelty-free closet and table every day of the week.

California, here I come!

Written by Heather Faraid Drennan

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— Ingrid E. Newkirk, PETA President and co-author of Animalkind