Victory! West Hollywood Bans Fur

This week, West Hollywood, Calif., became the first city in the U.S. to ban the sale of fur products, which will go into effect on September 21, 2013.

The City Council voted 3-1 in support of the controversial fur-free ordinance, which was the final step in banning apparel that is made from the skin or pelt of animals with hair, wool or fur in a city that is, ironically, home to the fur lobbying group the Fur Information Council of America (FICA). Sales of used and vintage items will still be allowed by retailers and individuals.

The City Council initially approved the ban in September with support from the group Fur-Free WeHo and council member John D’Amica, who took on the issue as part of his campaign and sponsored the ordinance. A few thousand signatures in support of the ban were also gathered on a Care2 petition. However, the Chamber of Commerce and FICA were strongly opposed, predicting dire consequences for local retailers.

“I am pleased that my colleagues, all of them, participated in this discussion from the beginning,” said D’Amico. “The ordinance has obviously passed, and I think that makes for an exciting new way of thinking about West Hollywood and thinking about the use and wearing of fur apparel.”

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.

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317 comments

gwen law
gwen law3 years ago

Wonderful news and we all need to do our part by not buying anything that resembles fur.

Susi Halevy Kir
Susan H.3 years ago

If only all places in the world would ban fur!. How sad that people exploit good people's intentions of wearing by fake fur by falsely using real fur. The pain these animals go through is beyond words and anyone who kills for it should be deeply ashamed.

Kylie Koh
Wendy Koh3 years ago

We are gladly to hear of this wonderful news!
This is only the beginning,and we shall hope and pray that gradually, more and more places will ban the wear of fur!

Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago

thanks

Elena B.
Elena Bonati3 years ago

Wonderful news! A great victory, at last!

Laura Saxon
Past Member 3 years ago

Good for them! More cities should follow their example and ban fur. It is cruel and inhumane and just fuels more animal suffering.

Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Georgeta Trandafir

thank you

Shannon F.
Shannon Fletcher3 years ago

Victory and well done to West Hollywood for leading the way and having a conscience despite the demand. Can't wait until Sept 2013!

New G.
New G.3 years ago

Thank you.