West Hollywood Bans Fur Sales, Animals Rejoice (LAist)


After months of hairy debate, West Hollywood has become the first U.S. city to ban the sale of fur apparel products.
City Council voted 3-1 in favor of the fur-free ordinance on Monday night. The vote was the last step in banning sales of clothing made from the skin or pelt of animals with hair, wool or fur.
The ban does not touch the sale of used clothing privately. Pawn shops and nonprofits like thrift shops will be permitted to sell said products.
Officials feared that the ban would hurt local businesses after the results of a recent economic impact study by WeHo-based Fur Information Council of America (FICA) revealed that out of 209 clothing apparel businesses in the city, 91 sell clothing or accessories made of animal fur. Local businesses have been consulted in the process of penning the fur ban law.
The ordinance will not become effective until 2013.

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