San Francisco

San Francisco Mired in Mink Poop Fight

The upshot: Say goodbye to fur sales.

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San Francisco is set to become a little less stylish today. This afternoon, the city's Board of Supervisors will vote on an ordinance banning the sale of any product containing animal skin with "fur, fleece, or hair" attached to it—everything from mink stoles to rabbit foot key chains. The measure is expected to pass.

Violators would receive a $500 fine for their first fur offence, rising to $750 for a second and $1,000 for any violations thereafter. The ban exempts sales of used furs in second-hand shops, pawn shops, and nonprofits. The personal possession of furs purchased outside the city will also be permitted, as will fur products intended for use by cats or dogs.

The measure would go into effect January 1, 2019.

"It is unfashionable to take the life of another living creature for the purpose of wearing them," the bill's sponsor, Supervisor Katy Tang, declared in a press release. The bill's purpose, according to the release, is to send a message that "the violence these animals endure for the purpose of becoming clothing and/or accessories is not consistent with the values of our city."

Tang, a professed vegetarian who has told the San Francisco Chronicle that she indulges in the occasional purchase of leather shoes, has also advanced an environmental argument. Her legislation hypes the dangers of the million or so pounds of mink feces produced by fur farms in the United States each year, which reportedly add unhealthy levels of phosphorus to the ecosystem.

Cutting down on the scourge of mink feces will not come cheap. The San Francisco controller estimates that the city's retailers will lose $11 million in sales annually thanks to the ban. The Chamber of Commerce is more pessimistic: Based on a survey of city retailers, it suggests a ban would cost $45 million a year.

According to the Chamber, roughly 50 retailers sell fur products in San Francisco, with some businesses relying on fur for some 75 percent of overall sales. At least two businesses reported over $4 million a year in fur sales, according to the Chamber's survey.

San Francisco will be the first major U.S. city to ban fur sales. Two other California towns, West Hollywood and Berkeley, passed similar bans in 2011 and 2017, respectively.

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  1. The Scourge Of Mink Feces is Simple Mikey’s nickname at the home.

    1. Also, now there are TWO laws that prevent Crusty from selling his body on the streets of San Francisco.

      1. That’s not even counting the Geneva Conventions.

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  2. I’m going to pitch a movie about a group of fur-smugglers who daringly drive into San Francisco, evading the SFPD, in order to deliver furs to fashionable consumers.

    The working title is…

    …wait for it…

    The Fast and the Fur-ious

    1. San Francisco is pretty small. Just set up fur shops on the city line.

      1. Step on my joke, will you?

  3. This process of eliminating freedoms line-by-line, item-by-item is not efficient. San Francisco should just issue a blanket ban on ALL THINGS, and then whitelist what the serfs valued citizens are allowed to have, see or do.

    1. This one has an easy work around. Rent the fur items for 24 hours and then sell them as used.

      1. Devious. I like it…

      2. Here we have a DAYNJRUS man. That Mizzzzz Hart or whatever her faux vegetarian self is called, would soil her bloomers at the very thought of this. Wonder if Macy’s will be the first to do that end run.

  4. The best thing that CA can hope for at this point is a massive fire mixed with a massive earthquake. If only they had an active volcano. They just need to go away.

    The living dead personified.

    1. Except all Californians and Californian ex-pats take on an Officer Barbrady stance and shout “All is well! Nothing to see here! Move along please!”

      I don’t get it. Why is it every time I look at CA or SF in particular and think “statist heaven” while 10’s of millions of people live merrily along there? It must be my own personal bubble.

      1. Because people have lots of reasons to live where they do other than politics.

        1. California’s coast is gorgeous and has essentially perfect weather year round, so it’s expected that people would want to live there. Their government does everything they can to limit who can live there to only the ultra-wealthy and politically connected, though.

      2. Some of us are just stuck here.

      3. The weather (in Southern California). I’ve lived in many places, and the fabulous weather here trumps all the negatives, at least for now. If you’re retired and are active outdoors there is nothing like it.

    2. I’m pretty sure California has at least two volcanoes that can be considered active. Lassen erupted sometime in the early 20th Century, and I think Shasta erupted a century or two before that.

      1. Hope rings eternal.

  5. It’s stories like this that make we wish chemtrails were a thing. The city needs to be walled off and sprayed with Prozac.

  6. Mink Poop Fight

    Nice band name.

    1. Also a nice kids’ birthday party activity.

  7. What is the hot air carbon footprint of your average pussy leftist?

    Surely they do not believe this stuff. I think they float the mega-ridiculous every once in a while to get people riled up so they can spend money on government projects, the military, and entitlements without anyone caring.

    Pretty sure that’s what the tranny bathroom thing was.

    1. Think of it all like beaming a toy laser light on the floor and watching the cat chase it around. That’s pretty much what the libs did with the GOP on all that stuff.

      1. That’s why the hate Trump, because he does the same thing to them every time he tweets.

        1. and that is precisely whu I LIKE Trump. Because he DOES do that to them. It is SO fun to watch.

  8. the values of our city

    My NYC mayor – first elected with the support of 17% of eligible voters – has the nerve to pull this shit too. Him and his ilk pay lip service to “tolerace” and “diversity” but their actions say otherwise.

    1. tolerace
      That’s what we need! A toll on whiteness! Down with supremacy.

    2. If 10% of the city disagreed it would only be 850K people being told to fuck themselves. We need 100% conformity to see the true value of diversity.

  9. banning the sale of any product containing animal skin with “fur, fleece, or hair” attached to it

    But you can still *rent* it, if you catch my drift.

  10. It does imply that all live animal sales are forbidden.

    1. I wonder if there are any taxidermist in San Francisco? Some taxidermist specialize in preserving people’s deceased pets. I understand that can be popular in urban centers. They also couldn’t operate in the city limits either.

  11. “It is unfashionable to take the life of another living creature for the purpose of wearing them,” the bill’s sponsor, Supervisor Katy Tang, declared in a press release.

    Then why not ban leather too?

    1. Do these dolts ever have discussions about over population of animals and whether it is human to have them all compete for diminishing food sources? No they do not.

      I know they don’t but I think if the whole deer and wild dogs/cats thing. If the population is not endangered, than why is it so bad for a human to exercise their ruling species card?

      1. Well, most who push this nonsense, believe humans are the ones who are overpopulated, and secretly wish to kill off all those who they find undesirable.

    2. I might be attributing too much reason to them here, but leather usually comes from animals that were not killed solely for leather production, whereas fir animals are usually raised and killed primarily for the fur.

      1. I don’t think that means fur is bad. Fur is awesome. But it is true.

    3. Careful there.. you’re addressing a real bird brain.

  12. “It is unfashionable to take the life of another living creature for the purpose of wearing them,” the bill’s sponsor, Supervisor Katy Tang, declared in a press release. The bill’s purpose, according to the release, is to send a message that “the violence these animals endure for the purpose of becoming clothing and/or accessories is not consistent with the values of our city.”

    But violence against animals is fine so long as they are just turned into leather.

    1. You can pry San Francisco’s hipsters from it’s cold, dead hands.

    2. We have to get steak and hamburgers from somewhere. They are delicious.

    3. Why is it ok to kill animals and eat them, but not to kill animals and wear their skins? It gets cold in San Fran.

      1. Why is it ok to kill animals and eat them

        The overlap between the fur-grabbers and the meat-grabbers is considerable. You know meat bans are coming, it’s only a matter of time.

        1. This. Those two groups are basically the same circle in a Venn.

        2. Meat taxes. “Treat meat like tobacco.” Theyll cite public health and environmental reasons.

      2. SSSSHHHhhhhhh.. don’t say that. You’ll spill the beans. She’s on about banning the packaging of the meat now. Next move she’ll work on banning the contents of those nice furry packages.

    4. Skinning animals is ok, but leaving the fur on the skin is going too far.

    5. Um. No, Ms Tang. Fashion is a matter of forming a social consensus on what’s popular.

      If wearing fur was really “unfashionable,” you wouldn’t have to pass a law fining people hundreds of dollars for doing so.

    6. Memo to Katy Tang, Committed Vegetarian:

      1. Plants, trees, etc., are also living creatures. To protect animals while slaughterer vegetation is blatant organism-ism.

      2. What we consume as fruits, nuts and vegetables are in most, if not all, cases are the means by which vegetation propagates itself. To consume fruits, nuts and vegetables is therefore to deprive vegetation of its Reproductive Rights and to engage in a War on Vegetation.

      3. Vegetation consumes CO2 and emits oxygen. To consume fruit, nuts and vegetables is to reduce the capacity of the environment to eliminate CO2. Vegetarians therefore cause Climate Change.

  13. Her legislation hypes the dangers of the million or so pounds of mink feces produced by fur farms in the United States each year, which reportedly add unhealthy levels of phosphorus to the ecosystem.

    For reference:
    In 2015, 27.6 million metric tons of marketable phosphate rock, or phosphorite, was mined in the United States, making the US the world’s third-largest producer, after China and Morocco. The phosphate mining industry employed 2,200 people. The value of phosphate rock mined was US$2.2 billion.

    1. If weasel shit really is high in phosphorus, they could probably have a nice sideline selling it as an organic fertilizer additive.

      1. The minks literally create phosphorus out of thin air. It magically appears in their gut only to be pooped out into the environment.

        1. The minks literally create phosphorus out of thin air. It magically appears in their gut only to be pooped out into the environment.

          Which, if we didn’t tightly control their population (especially given small mammals), could be a major environmental concern.

          1. Major reason why Siberia is a major shithole.

      2. already being done. Thus her elimination of mink, and thus mink poop, will seriously curtain a signficant industry nationwide… the sale of mink by-product for use in enriching soils for growing the vegetarian food she so likes. Talk about shooting one’s self in the foot……

  14. Personally I like seeing SF keep doing things like this. They can’t collect as much revenue, which makes their other problems worse. It’s quite awesome.

  15. It is unfashionable to take the life of another living creature for the purpose of wearing them…

    More like un-fascist-able. Am I right, San Fran?

  16. The Burlingame fur industry just got a huge shot in the arm.

  17. “”It is unfashionable to take the life of another living creature for the purpose of wearing them,” the bill’s sponsor, Supervisor Katy Tang, declared in a press release. ”

    So why leave leather (animal skin without fur or hair attached) out of the ban?

    1. The princess likes her leather pumps and handbags.

    2. Probably ’cause if they tried to ban leather, Folsom Street Fair would detour to their front lawn.

      1. Wait, is there some kind of key political demographic in San Francisco that likes wearing leather?

    3. oh she’s got that up her short sleeve, too. That’s next. Of course, she’ll have to come up with another batch of whoppers to “justify” banning leather as in the shoes she occasionally buys, and switching to petroleum products, the ONLY viable option. I’ve not yet seen anyone produce a suitable shoe made out of metal.

  18. So, like, it’s totally cool if we skin the animals and wear them as garments but we have to throw away parts for, like, humane reasons and whatnot.

    -California dolts

  19. “”It is unfashionable to take the life of another living creature for the purpose of wearing them,” the bill’s sponsor, Supervisor Katy Tang, declared in a press release. ”

    So why leave leather (animal skin without fur or hair attached) out of the ban?

    1. Dude, none of this shit has to make sense.

  20. “It is unfashionable to take the life of another living creature for the purpose of wearing them,”

    Surprising honesty is admitting that they simply want to criminalize unfashionable choices because they are unfashionable.

    1. and HER HIGHNESS and crones are the sole arbiters of “fashion”. Sorry, I forgot to consider that when I condemned her idiocy.

  21. San Fran and its little Eichman supporters will one day decide mass gas chambers are the best, most humane means of disposing of the unenlightened….

  22. West Hollywood, Berkeley and now San Francisco. That’s three, so now it’s a movement! (Thanks, Arlo)

    1. Yes, its a movement alright.. just like mink poop is all movements.

  23. I’m sure I missed something somewhere along the way in law school, but to the best of my knowledge I know of no other statute justified on the basis that what it seeks to ban is “unfashionable”.

    It’s always something

    1. Obviously you’ve never run afoul of a homeowner’s association with architectural guidelines.

      1. BOOM!!!!!

        same exact sort of insanity. Had a brother get suckered into buying a place with an HOA. Preparing to repaint his home a decent colour, in keeping with the area, etc, someone stopped by and enquired as to the colour he’d selected and already purchased, custom mixed so not returnable. OH, THAT paint is not on the list of approved paints. Can’t do that WHAAAAATTTT!!!!!! Checked….. sure enough. Had to go out nd buy more, of the “correct” brand and colour. Looked into getting a dog. Learned the rules.. very complicated and obnoxious, OK for toy dogs, but he wanted a real one. Meanwhile, cats infested the place unrestricted, fighting and yowling at night, pooping in everyone else’s yard (no issue with the phosphorus there, i gather).

        He attended a couple HOA meetings. Saw the whole game.. some useless old biddies with no grandkids near enough to harrass had ascended to their board thrones, from whence they waved their scepters of power. He ran, was elected, and actually stood to their faces as they made too many attempts to nannie and micromanage the “community”. Every time, they backed down when he withstood them. Of course he was hated. Sold his place at a pretty high profit and escaped. Never again.

  24. Is there exceptions for religious/ethnic clothing? I grew up on a Rez, and most natives I know would only be caught dead in traditional clothing made from fake furs. And it is not just Native Americans that incorporate fur into traditional clothing.

  25. Interestingly, fur can be sold if the animal was lawfully trapped. Maybe we’ll start seeing olde-timey fur operations.

  26. Thank god I can still get that White Rhino leather suit from Chinatown.

  27. Remember when progs use to complain about conservatives legislating morality?

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