Tim Gunn to Testify at City Hall Today in Favor of NYC Fur Ban

Fashion Guru Will Join PETA at Wednesday's Hearing to Support Proposed Bill

For Immediate Release:
May 15, 2019

Contact:
Moira Colley 202-483-7382

New York – Today, Tim Gunn will testify before the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Business Licensing at City Hall in support of Speaker Corey Johnson’s bill to ban the sale of fur in New York City (Intro 1476). A copy of Gunn’s speech is available here. Citing similar fur bans that have passed in Los Angeles and San Francisco, he writes, “There isn’t much to be happy about in politics today, but this trend toward kindness should give everyone hope.”

When:    Wednesday, May 15, 1 p.m.

Where:    New York City Hall, New York

African-American PETA activist Desmond Cadogan and PETA Senior Vice President Dan Mathews will also provide testimony, which can be found here and here. Both will join dozens of activists at a prehearing rally, where Mathews will demonstrate the type of dangerous steel trap that is used to ensnare coyotes used for fur and often also cripples and kills dogs, cats, and nontarget wildlife.

A new poll released by Mason-Dixon shows that 75% of New York voters support a ban on the sale of fur, while numerous top designers and retailers—including many with stores in Manhattan, such as Burberry, Gucci, Versace, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, and Giorgio Armani—have already stopped using fur in their collections.

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