West Hollywood Fur Ban Approved
Peace out, pelts. Ciao, chinchilla. Happy trails, hides.
West Hollywood is serving fur an eviction notice following a 3-1 vote in favor of moving forward with a local ordinance that would ban the sale of fur apparel, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The city council's ruling will make West Hollywood, which is known for its animal-friendly environment, the first city in the nation to prohibit the sale of clothing featuring animal pelts or skin without hair or fur. Wool and leather items are exempt from the ban.
"West Hollywood's decision to ban fur is in line with the wishes of kind people everywhere who want to see an end to the cruel fur trade," a PETA spokeswoman tells FashionEtc.
"West Hollywood and communities all around the country are recognizing that there's nothing glamorous about the way animals suffer and die in the fur trade. More and more designers—including Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, and others—are choosing to create wonderful work without using animal fur, knowing that if people saw how millions of animals every year are bludgeoned, electrocuted, and even skinned alive to make fur coats, collars, and cuffs, they'd never wear fur."
The ban, which had been met with resistance from local retailers, will reportedly take effect in 2013. Consider yourself warned, Cruela.