Guide to San Francisco Area Animal Rights Laws

Most animal rights laws are made at the state level, so be sure to see our Guide to Animal Rights in California.

Is it legal to sell fur or manufacture fur in California?

As of September 2019, there is now a ban on fur trapping for animal pelts in California. However, it is generally not illegal to sell fur in California, except for in a few cities. But the state may soon pass a law to change this.

As of August 2019, San Francisco, Berkeley and other cities currently have fur bans.

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In these cities, the general rule is that stores may not sell fur clothing or accessories unless it is vintage (used), or from an animal that was trapped under a state license.1SF Health Code Sec 1D.4

Is it legal for stores to sell pets that come from a breeder?

Several cities in California, including San Francisco, prohibit stores from selling cats, dogs, or rabbits that come from a commercial breeder (aka “puppy mill”). But in general, stores may still sell rescued animals (“rescues”) such as from a shelter. And cities generally do NOT ban individuals from buying directly from breeders (outside the city).2SF Health Code Sec 1C.2

See more about animal laws at San Francisco Health Code Article 1

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