San Francisco Native Alicia Silverstone Wants City to Ban Fur

Actress and PETA Pal Calls on City to Join West Hollywood and Berkeley in Protecting Rabbits, Coyotes, Foxes, and Other Animals

For Immediate Release:
March 15, 2018

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San Francisco – As the San Francisco Board of Supervisors prepares to vote on a city-wide ban on fur sales, native San Franciscan Alicia Silverstone sent a letter on PETA’s behalf today asking board members to follow the examples of West Hollywood and Berkeley and make San Francisco a fur-free city.

“For decades, my friends at PETA have been exposing horrific cruelty in the fur trade all over the world,” writes Silverstone. “There’s so much violence in the world that’s beyond our control, but banning fur sales is one easy way to set an example of compassion for the whole world to follow. It would make me even more proud to call San Francisco home.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to wear”—previously supported the ban by speaking at Wednesday’s Board of Supervisors Public Safety Committee meeting and joining other groups for a rally at City Hall in January.

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Alicia Silverstone’s letter to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors follows.

March 15, 2018

San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Dear Supervisors,

As a native San Franciscan, I’m thrilled to know that you’re considering a ban on fur sales—which is similar to the lifesaving legislation passed in West Hollywood and Berkeley. I’m writing to urge you to do everything in your power to help make San Francisco a fur-free city.

For decades, my friends at PETA have been exposing horrific cruelty in the fur trade all over the world: Investigators have documented that foxes are electrocuted, dogs are bludgeoned to death, minks are suffering from festering open wounds and eye infections, and much more. One investigator even recorded a skinned raccoon dog who had just enough strength to lift his bloodied head and look into the camera. I hope that after watching this 60-second video, you’ll agree that fur has no place in our progressive, forward-thinking city.

Animals are suffering right now in traps and on fur farms. There’s so much violence in the world that’s beyond our control, but banning fur sales is one easy way to set an example of compassion for the whole world to follow. It would make me even more proud to call San Francisco home.

Thanks for your time and consideration.

Kind regards,

Alicia Silverstone

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