Fur ban approved in West Hollywood, the first US city to ban sale of clothing with animal fur

By on Nov 9, 2011 in Animals, Business, Fashion, United States Comments

A fur ban ordinance has been approved in West Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California on Monday, November 7, 2011, making it the first US city to ban the sale of clothing with animal fur.

A pooch, ‘supporting’ the fur ban
Image Credit: Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times

As noted at WestHollywood.Patch.com on Tuesday, the five-member city council voted for the third time and resulted to a 3-1 vote in favor of the fur ban city ordinance, and one abstention.

According to the report, the first two voting sessions had unanimous decisions which were held last May and September but several details were missing, which were added during the recent voting.

It was introduced by newly elected Councilman John D’Amico, who noted that only a few businesses will be affected, in which the Fur Information Council of America (FICA) contradicted his claim.

FICA was said to have released an economic impact study showing that 91 out of 209 (or 46%) clothing apparel businesses in the city sell clothing and accessories with animal fur.

Incidentally, half of the 35 people who attended the recent public meeting were business representatives and opposed the fur ban city ordinance.

Apparently, this was the reason why Councilman John Heilman changed his vote and cited that if businesses will appeal to the court once they approve the fur ban, it will be a costly battle. He stressed out that he did not want to have conflicts with the clothing business community.

On the other hand, Councilwoman Abbe Land, who abstained from voting, reportedly explained that she is not in favor of selling fur apparel sold in the city. However, she cited that the fur ban was not the solution to the problem and it should only be imposed if the business community supports it.

The fur ban is being expected to have its final vote this coming November 21 and will be implemented starting September 21, 2013, once approved.

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