California will be the first state to ban the sale and manufacture of new fur products and the third to bar most animals from circus performances under a pair of bills signed Saturday by Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Groups supporting animal rights lauded the move.
"The fur industry causes the suffering and death of more than 100 million animals worldwide each year, and animals on fur factory farms are forced to live in cramped, wire-bottom cages, deprived of the ability to engage in natural behaviours, before being cruelly killed by gassing or electrocution", Kitty Block, the group's president, said in a statement. Language in the measure states the mission of the newly-christened Geologic Energy Management Division includes protecting public health and environmental quality.
Also Friday, Newsom signed a law clarifying that Planned Parenthood can prescribe birth control via teleconference without a video chat, as they can in other states.
Since 1970, California banned the sale of alligator and crocodile skins, and a new law.
"By ending the use of for-profit, private prisons and detention facilities, we are sending a powerful message that we vehemently oppose the practice of profiteering off the backs of Californians in custody, that we will stand up for the health, safety and welfare of our people, and that we are committed to humane treatment for all", Bonta said in a statement.
Gov. Newsom said his state was sending a message "to the world that lovely wild animals like bears and tigers have no place on trapeze wires or jumping through flames".
The law takes effect in 2023 and only applies to the 34 campuses in the University of California and California State University systems. He further said fake fur is not a renewable or sustainable option.
AB 44's passage also comes amid a wave of luxury designers pledging not to use fur products - among them Versace, Prada and Burberry. At least 18 circuses don't use animals, including Cirque du Soleil.
The new fur law, which takes effect in 2023, was lauded by animal rights activists despite fervent opposition from the billion-dollar US fur industry and threats of a lawsuit from the Fur Information Council of America. Each violation carries a civil penalty.
The Southwest California Legislative Council opposed the law, saying it will prevent people from being able "to experience the thrill of a circus performance featuring attractive, well-cared-for animals".
The companion bill was authored by Democratic Assemblywoman Jacqui Irwin of Thousand Oaks, who cited last year's slaying of a dozen people at the Borderline Bar and Grill in her Southern California community of Thousand Oaks.