When asked what a fur ban would mean for him, one merchant was blunt: “I’m out of business.”
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A burgeoning movement to outlaw fur is seeking to make its biggest statement yet in the fashion mecca of New York City.A similar measure in the State Capitol in Albany would impose a statewide ban on the sale of any items made with farmed fur and ban the manufacture of products made from trapped fur.Members of the fur industry say such bans could put 1,100 people out of a job in the city alone.The fur trade is considered so important to New York's development that two beavers adorn the city's official seal, a reference to early Dutch and English settlers who traded in beaver pelts.At the height of the fur business in the last century, New York City manufactured 80 percent of the fur coats made in the U.S., according to FUR NYC, a group representing 130 retailers and manufacturers in the city. The group says New York City remains the largest market for fur products in the country, with real fur still frequently used as trim on coats, jackets and other items.
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