Transfer Over, Los Angeles and NYC: These 3 Metropolis Council Votes May Make Pittsburgh the New Vegan Capital

A collection of groundbreaking animal rights payments are into consideration by the Pittsburgh Metropolis Council. Aiming to implement vital adjustments within the metropolis’s method to animal welfare, if handed, the legislative strikes can be the primary to occur suddenly in any US metropolis. The measures may see a preliminary vote as early as subsequent week and the ultimate vote earlier than the Christmas vacation.

Spearheaded by Councilmembers Bruce Kraus (D-South Facet), and Erika Strassburger, (D-Squirrel Hill), the proposed laws targets the sale and manufacture of fur merchandise, using horse-drawn carriages, and the sale of foie gras.

The proposed ban on the sale and manufacturing of fur merchandise throughout the metropolis is an initiative pushed by the need to curb what’s seen as widespread animal struggling. Councilman Kraus, who’s on the forefront of this effort, emphasizes the preventive nature of those payments. Regardless of acknowledging the present restricted marketplace for the objects in query, Kraus sees these measures as essential for proactive animal welfare.

The fur ban, co-sponsored by Kraus and Strassburger, will not be with out its exceptions. It permits for using fur merchandise for spiritual, tribal, cultural, or religious functions and doesn’t limit the sale of used fur objects. 


Along with the fur ban, Kraus is proposing a invoice to ban horse-drawn carriages within the metropolis. This invoice seeks to broaden upon present laws that regulates the remedy of untamed and unique animals in Pittsburgh. Kraus’s motivation for this invoice stems from a private encounter with a carriage horse in New Orleans, which left an enduring impression concerning the animal’s high quality of life. 

“I appeared him within the eyes and that horse was useless,” Kraus instructed TribLive. “I assumed, what a horrible technique to reside your life, in your leisure worth.”

Using horse-drawn carriages has been a hotly debated subject in close by New York Metropolis, the place the carriages are nonetheless operated, primarily all through Central Park. Animals can expertise excessive ranges of stress, dehydration, and malnutrition, amongst different points. Final month, authorities in New York Metropolis filed prices in opposition to a horse handler within the 2022 collapse of a 26-year-old horse named Ryder, who was later euthanized. Authorities say the horse collapsed on the street within the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan on a scorching day in August 2022. His collapse was caught on video, which additionally confirmed the handler beating the dehydrated animal.


The third invoice, specializing in the sale of foie gras—a pâté made out of goose or duck liver—would require distributors to show that the animals weren’t force-fed, a observe generally related to the manufacturing of the delicacy. The method, as described within the laws, includes force-feeding birds to enlarge their livers, a observe considered by many as inhumane. If handed, Pittsburgh would be part of New York Metropolis and California in banning the sale of the delicacy. Additionally it is banned in a number of EU nations together with Austria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Turkey, and the UK.

“It’s a thrill to see my hometown take such a critical have a look at animal welfare,” says Jill Ettinger, VegNews’ Director of Digital Content material. “Pittsburghers are recognized for our metropolis satisfaction—we raise one another up like household as a result of we’re household. These commitments to animals will solely underscore the town’s unmatched compassion and kindness.” 

Whereas cities like Los Angeles and New York are acknowledged as premier vegan locations, Pittsburgh has some noteworthy choices, together with Shadobeni, which serves up vegan Trinidadian delicacies, and the James Beard-nominated Apteka—the nation’s solely Polish-inspired vegan restaurant. 

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