California becomes first state to ban new-fur sales

Black-robed PETA activists dressed as Grim Reapers hold a 'Fur is Dead' rally along Hollywood Boulevard on October 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California
PETA activists rally along Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, in 2018. Photo: Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

California Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed into law a ban on the sale and manufacture of new fur products — making the state the first in the U.S. to outlaw the practice.

The big picture: Democratic Assemblymember Laura Friedman introduced the bill, AB 44, last December. Newsom on Saturday signed the statewide bill, effective January 2023, along with other measures designed to protect animals, including a law preventing most wild animals from being used in circus performances. California is the third state to introduce a ban on the circus practice, AP notes.

17 states hit Trump administration with endangered species lawsuit

Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephaus) in flight Alaska, USA Date: 08/02/2008
A Bald Eagle in Alaska. Photo: Avalon/Universal Images Group via Getty Images

17 states filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration Wednesday in an effort to try and stop the rollback of the Endangered Species Act.

Why it matters: The landmark act from the Nixon administration helped save species including the bald eagle and grizzly bear from extinction, per the New York Times. The Trump administration claims the changes will help reduce regulatory burden on the Interior Department. The new rules were to take effect Thursday, AP notes.

Go deeper: 3 billion birds have been lost in U.S. and Canada since 1970