Nordstrom announces ban on sales of exotic animal furs and skins

Mink farming. (Photo: TruthaboutFur.com)

With the announcement by high-end retailer Nordstrom that it would stop selling fur and some “exotic” leather products, the Natural Fibers Alliance immediately condemned Nordstrom’s decision.

“Nordstrom’s puzzling decision is akin to a steakhouse removing meat from the menu because a vegetarian complained,” said Mike Brown, executive director of the Natural Fibers Alliance. “You would think that a company whose shares have fallen 71% this year would want to sell more, not less. Companies are hurting themselves, consumers and the environment when they limit customer choice. and bow down to extreme animal advocates.

Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s announced last year that they would no longer sell fur. But Nordstrom goes further by banning products made from the skins of alligators, crocodiles, pythons, kangaroos and ostriches, Fox News reported.

Nordstrom announced in May that it would permanently close 16 of the company’s 116 full-line stores due to the impact of COVID-19, USA Today reported. Moreover, they are permanently firm three Jeffrey brand clothing stores, including one in Palo Alto, California. Six of the 16 Nordstrom stores now closed are in California, which has 30 Nordstrom stores in total, the most in the entire country.

The California Globe covered efforts to ban fur products statewide in 2019. Congresswoman Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) wrote AB 44, which prohibits the sale and manufacture of new furs in California. Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 44 into law.

Friedman called fur a “fashion and wealth statement”. There’s no need for heat,” she said, mentioning the many faux fur products available.

“From his home in Glendale, Calif., Friedman wants California to lead the nation in statewide fur bans,” The Globe reported. “Today, there are a variety of human alternatives, both in terms of faux fur that is virtually indistinguishable from real fur, and alternative textiles that are equally warm or fashionable,” says Friedman. . “There is no need for fur in the 21st century and no place for it in a sustainable future.”

Mink coat. (Photo: Pinterest)

California Globe noted that the fur trade is one of America’s oldest and busiest industries, with over 400 years of history. The fur industry in the United States includes more than 1,000 fur retailers, 100 manufacturers, more than 200 small family farmers and tens of thousands of trappers, all of whose businesses, jobs and livelihoods depend on industry. Retail fur sales in California alone exceed $300 million and are a major source of jobs and tax revenue for the state.

Furriers located in California said their businesses could not survive the state fur ban.

The Natural Fiber Alliance is a coalition of producers and associations, representing the interests of wool, leather, fur and other natural materials, which supports the use of sustainable natural materials in clothing, accessories and other goods.

“Consumers’ ability to choose these materials is under attack from animal liberation activists, such as PETA, who want to deny consumers the choice to buy these products because they are derived from animals,” said said the Alliance. “Nordstrom admits that its decision to ban these products was made in conjunction with the Humane Society of the United States, a vegan advocacy group with a PETA-like agenda.”

“Synthetic materials are generally made from plastics and synthetic clothing is considered a major source of microplastic pollution that pollutes our environment because they release plastic fibers when washed and worn.

“Additionally, animal activists also oppose silk and leather made from cowhide, an important part of Nordstrom’s offerings. By giving in to activists once, Nordstrom only invites more demands and intimidation of itself.

Notably, California now has the distinction of not only being the first state in the nation to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products, but Governor Gavin Newsom has also signed legislation allowing drivers who fatally strike a deer, an elk, antelope or wild animal. pig to take the animal home and cook it.

California lawmakers and governors have a long history of “protecting” animals, regardless of the impact of culture and cost:

  • prohibition of foie graseffective in 2012;
  • prohibition of the former Asian delight shark fin soup;
  • California lawmakers, then voters, thanks to the enactment of Proposal 2 and AB 1437, also known as the Farm Animal Cruelty Act, banned the sale of eggs from hens housed in small cages, allowing them to roam freely…putting them at risk from predators and raptors. Many have said that this ban violates the trade clause.
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