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West Hollywood launches fur-free campaign

January 28, 2011 | 12:41 pm

FurFreeWehoAlready, the city of West Hollywood has banned the sale of dogs and cats, as well as the declawing of cuddly felines. Now the city inside the city of L.A. is home to a new campaign that would ban the sale of fur.

"West Hollywood is so progressive, we knew this was a great city to take the reins and make this a cruelty-free zone in terms of banning fur," said Shannon Keith, campaign organizer for  Fur Free West Hollywood.  

The campaign kicks off at noon Jan. 29 with a rally at Matthew Shepard Human Rights Triangle Park. West Hollywood City Council candidate John D'Amico will issue the event's rallying cry. D'Amico, who has embraced the fur ban as part of his campaign, is running for one of three open seats on the West Hollywood City Council in a March 8 election.

"Critical thinking and honest-to-goodness good ideas make the world a better place," D'Amico said. "As far as my participation and being associated with Fur Free West Hollywood, I am an animal welfare advocate. Fur Free West Hollywood is about thinking of creative and exciting new ways to be in the world -- to really expand how it is we exist and the kinds of people we can be when we think carefully about the world we’re living in."

Campaign organizers are currently compiling a list of stores that sell fur within its boundaries. A phone call to WeHo fur seller Maxfield was not returned in time for this post.

-- Susan Carpenter

Photo: Fur Free West Hollywood