West Hollywood Bans Fur Sales
West Hollywood is the first US city to ban the sale of fur garments. Local councillors have unanimously approved the ban and now await only a final vote in October to confirm the prohibition of the sale of garments made from or in part of animal pelt.
Councillor of West Hollywood John D’Amico has described the 5-0 vote for the ban as “very exciting”. The West Coast city has gained an animal-loving reputation, having previously pioneered a ban on cat declawing in 2003 and later prohibiting the sale of cats and dogs in pet shops in 2010.
The ban will not affect the sale of leather or skins, but will affect the sales of designers including 3.1 Philip Lim, Balenciaga and Alberta Ferretti, which have all included furs in previous collections. It has yet to be decided whether the ban will cover secondhand and vintage goods. If the ban is finalised, the legislation will come into effect on June 30 2012.