Support West Hollywood’s Move to Go Fur Free

On Tuesday, the City Council in West Hollywood, Calif., tentatively approved a modified ban on selling fur with a vote of 3-1, with one abstention, which would make it the first city in the nation to make such a move.

Supported by the group Fur-Free WeHo, the City Council initially approved a ban on the sale of clothing made from fur in September, with the latest version of the ordinance allowing the sale of used clothing by retailers and individuals.

“West Hollywood has the opportunity to once again be a leader for animal welfare by becoming the first Fur Free city in the nation,” said John D’Amico.

“We have pledged to be a place that is free of cruelty to animals and we can no longer support the barbaric fur trade by selling the products of that cruelty in our city.”

West Hollywood is no stranger to animal welfare issues. In 1989, the city was declared a “cruelty free zone for animals” when bans on cosmetic testing and steel leg-hold traps were put in place. It was the first in the U.S. to ban declawing of cats and is also one of the guardian cities where pets are referred to as animal companions, not pets. Last year, it banned the sale of dogs and cats in pet stores.

However, not everyone’s a big supporter of the fur ban. Business representatives and Keith Kaplan, executive director of the West Hollywood based Fur Information Council of America (FICA), spoke out against the ban arguing that it would have a negative economic impact on retailers, although some have already opted to voluntarily get rid of fur products.

A final vote is still needed, but if passed, the ban will take effect in September 2013.


Sign the petition urging Mayor John Duran and the City Council members to pass the ban.

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Terry V.
Terry V.2 years ago


Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

carol k.
carol k.2 years ago

Gerald G > trapping should be banned in all 50 states of AMerica and the world. it is cruel torture and sadistic! hunting deer with a rifle and a quick kill is okay by me, for man has reduced the natural predator of deer and thus over population of them is due to man! We took away their home environment and blame the deer for the need to eat vegetation? we build homes and businesses and " vacation cabins " in their native homes and we blame the deer for eating our precious flowers and gardens? How dare they! man is a destroyer of life and environment to satisfy his wants lust and ego. put the blame where it belongs Gerald!

carol k.
carol k.2 years ago

Hats off to West Hollywood and those who care for animals welfare. Thank you.

Manel Dias
Manel Dias2 years ago

Excellent idea and a great achievement made it possible by the west hollywood. Bravo!!!

Berenice Guedes de Sá

This are good news! Thanks for sharing!!

Waltraud U.
Waltraud U.3 years ago

Good news. Really good !
They care too.

Carrie Anne Brown

good news, thanks for sharing :)

Carrie Anne Brown

good news! thanks for sharing :)

Tom P.
Tom Parsons4 years ago

Political Correctness run CRAZY again. Those animals (pets) need homes, too, & not everyone can handle what's available at the shelters. I must stop here while I can still use civil language.