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West Hollywood ban on sale of fur apparel nears adoption

September 20, 2011 |  8:16 am

West Hollywood fur ban

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

West Hollywood moved a step closer to being fur-free Tuesday when the City Council tentatively approved an ordinance 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.

More than 200 people and a Shih Tzu named Zach filled the West Hollywood Park Auditorium even though the first reading of the ordinance wasn't done until 1:15 a.m.

Dozens of people made statements about the proposed ban, and 120 supporters gave their names to be recorded by the council.

The crowd gave a standing ovation to the council after the vote.

"This was very exciting, and it was unanimous by this brave and thoughtful City Council," said Councilmember John D’Amico, who promoted a ban on fur during his election campaign earlier this year.

The ordinance must be given a second reading before it can receive final approval. The council also would have to decide on a start date for the ban and whether it should apply to sales of used clothing. D’Amico proposed next June 30 as a start date.

City Council members indicated they would be speaking with business owners about the proposal before the next reading. The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce opposes the ordinance.

Genevieve Morrill, president of the business group, told the council that such actions by the city "are not doing anything to help animals; they are hurting stores in your community."

For the record, 10:05 a.m.: A previous version of this story and accompanying headline 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.


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Photo: West Hollywood tenatively approved a ban on the sale of fur clothing. Credit: KTLA-TV