West Hollywood delays final approval of ban on fur sales
The West Hollywood City Council has delayed final approval of an ordinance that would ban the sale of apparel made of fur.
The proposed ban, which was tentatively approved on Sept. 20, will be tabled for 30 days, Mayor Pro Tem Jeffrey Prang announced at the council's meeting Monday night.
"If we're going to adopt the issue, we want to make sure it's airtight," Prang said. Specifically, the ordinance as now written would ban the sale of apparel made in whole or part from the pelt or skin of an animal with hair, wool or fur.
Council members have been meeting with City Atty. Michael Jenkins to work out details of the ordinance's wording and effects, Prang said. Council members want to be sure the measure would stand up in court if challenged, Prang said.
Officials also will meet with business owners about the proposed ordinance to give "a chance for everyone to come to the table," said Councilman John D'Amico, who sponsored the ban.
The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the board of the Avenues: Art, Fashion and Design District have opposed the ordinance, citing concerns from merchants worried about the ban's effect on business.
The next reading of the ordinance will include a date for the ban's implementation as well as the penalty for selling fur items.
— Hailey Branson-Potts
Photo: A pooch makes an anti-fur stand during a demonstration along Santa Monica Boulevard in January. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times