Wu-Tang rapper RZA backs fur ban in letter to City Council
The city’s proposed fur ban got a high profile backer Wednesday — legendary Wu-Tang Clan rapper RZA.
The New York native collaborated with animal rights group PETA to write an email pushing city council members to “help NYC move into the future of fashion” by supporting Johnson’s bill.
The plea comes as City Council Speaker Cory Johnson admitted the bill is facing opposition, especially from African American and Jewish groups.
“I am writing to ask that you support Speaker Johnson’s bill to ban fur sales in New York City. I am Brooklyn-born but have had deep ties to all five boroughs since my earliest days with Wu-Tang Clan,” read part of the letter.
“Though it may be argued by some that fur used to show elite status in our community because of the inequality we face in society, those days are done. That’s reflected in a poll that shows 77% of black NYC voters support the bill,” the letter continued.
RZA, a founding member who produced Wu-Tang Clan’s debut 1993 album “Enter the Wu-Tang,” is a vocal animal rights activist who has his own vegan clothing line.
In a 2014 interview with PETA to promote his vegan-lifestyle, RZA said “There’s not nothing on this planet that doesn’t want to live. I’ve had animals as friends… I’m quite sure they did not want to be on my plate.”
Johnson’s bill, introduced in March, has been met with fierce opposition from the industry.
The bill already includes a carve out allowing fur to be sold for religious purposes, but Johnson on Wednesday conceded he’ll need to rework the bill further to give fur manufacturers more time to adjust.
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