West Hollywood considers fur ban
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West Hollywood has long been known for its animal-friendly laws. After all, this is a city where pets are formally recognized as “companions” and their owners as “guardians.”
In its latest effort, the City Council will consider an ordinance Monday night that would ban the sale of apparel made in whole or part from the pelt or skin of an animal with hair, wool or fur
Ed Buck, a volunteer with Fur Free West Hollywood, believes the city is on the right side of the issue.
“I think this would be an international, great turning point for the humane community worldwide,” Buck said. “We’ve gone from talking about the problem to talking about the solution. We all know fur is dead.”
But the board of the Avenues: Art, Fashion and Design district opposes the ordinance.
The fashion industry would perceive West Hollywood as “a city not interested in allowing the creative expression inherent in fashion” if the new law is approved, according to a letter to the City Council from the chair and executive director of the organization. The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce also opposes the ordinance.
Keith Kaplan, a local resident and executive director of the Fur Information Council of America, does not think the City Council spent enough time determining the economic impact of the ordinance. His group hired a research firm to conduct an economic impact study that will be completed this week, Kaplan said.
“The City Council members are voting solely on the basis of their own moral compasses and personal agendas, and that is not democratic government,” Kaplan said.
[For the record, 1:45 p.m., Sept. 20: A previous version of this story said that the new ordinance would also ban the sale of clothing made of wool. It would ban sale of apparel made in whole or part from the pelt or skin of an animal with hair, wool or fur.]
-- Hailey Branson-Potts
Photo: A pooch makes an anti-fur stand during a demonstration along Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood back in January. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times