Legislature considers bill to ban fur farms, production, sale in Washington

A bill in the House of Representatives would outlaw the farming of foxes, minks, and other animals for fur in the state.

If House Bill 1718 passes, the production and sale of fox, mink, marten, and chinchilla fur would be illegal, beginning next year. Each violation would be considered a misdemeanor.

Exceptions would be made for religious and tribal purposes, as well as products made from used fur.

Those in favor of the bill say that it is needed to stop an industry centered around the inhumane treatment of animals.

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