Victory! Los Angeles Becomes the Largest City Yet to Ban Fur

In a major victory for animals, Los Angeles just became the largest city yet to ban fur in the U.S.

The ban was first proposed last year by Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, along with the support of Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mitch O’Farrell, in an effort to end the inhumane treatment of furbearing animals who are senselessly killed for fashion.

Now, supporters are celebrating a major victory. This week by the City Council passed the ban by a vote of 13-1, which will now make it illegal to sell, manufacture or trade apparel and accessories made with fur within city limits as of January 1, 2021.

“This arcane and inhumane practice must end and today; we said, loud and clear, fur will not have a future in Los Angeles,” said Blumenfield in a statement. “I am proud that our city made a giant step in ending the unnecessary killing of animals, but we must continue toward finally eliminating this vile market.”

Sadly, millions of animals are still being violently killed for their fur every year. While the majority of them are raised and killed on fur farms, where deplorable, inhumane living conditions that take a major psychological and physical toll on them have continued to be exposed again and again around the world, many others suffer at the hands of trappers who are equipped with an arsenal of tools to maim and kill them.

But as lawmakers pointed out last September when the City Council voted to move forward with the ban, the demand for fur doesn’t justify the unnecessary killing and cruel treatment of furbearing animals, and fur products are especially unnecessary considering California’s weather. Even more is that as more places enact bans on fur and fur farming, more companies will continue to move way from using it and alternatives will become even more widely available. Already, dozens of major designers including Versace, Gucci, Burberry and Michael Kors, among many others have pledged to ditch fur.

Although the City Council’s vote wasn’t unanimous, one council member voted no, which means it will have to go back for a procedural vote before it goes to Mayor Eric Garcetti for his signature to make it official, it’s still a huge win for animals. Now, Los Angeles will be joining other cities in the state, including Hollywood, Berkeley and San Francisco, which have all passed similar measures and supporters hope the momentum will continue towards shutting this industry down.

Earlier this year lawmakers in two states introduced legislation that would ban fur. In California, Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez introduced AB273, which would ban trapping for fur and the sale and manufacture of fur products throughout the state. In Hawaii, Senator Mike Gabbard introduced SB1350, which would ban the manufacture and sale of certain fur products in the state, in addition to banning the import of fur products for sale or distribution.

Hopefully both states will get enough support from the public to go fur free and will set a precedent for others to follow.

Photo credit: Getty Images

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David C28 days ago

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