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Los Angeles Becomes Biggest U.S. City to Ban Fur Sales

Source: LACBSLocal

Beginning in 2021 brands in LA will no longer be able to sell or make clothing or accessories with fur

Los Angeles is making a stand for animal rights

An ordinance that would make Los Angeles the largest city in America to ban the sale and manufacture of nearly all fur products was tentatively approved Tuesday by the City Council. The ban will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2021. San Francisco became the largest in March 2018, and West Hollywood has already passed such a law.

Los Angeles Becomes Largest City to Ban Fur Sales The Los Angeles ban would include some exemptions, including fur being gifted between two private parties or fur from animals trapped by California Fish and Game license holders. Source: YouTube/Inhabitat

LA City Council approves ban on new fur sales

An ordinance that would make Los Angeles the largest city in America to ban the sale and manufacture of nearly all fur products was tentatively approved on Tuesday by the City Council.

The ordinance was proposed by Councilmen Paul Koretz and Bob Blumenfield.

“It’s about time we end one of the most inhumane industries in the world and I think there is no other step that could be taken than the city of Los Angeles eliminating the fur industry here, not only because we’re watched but because we do have a lot of the fashion industry, this is the heart of the fashion industry,” Koretz said before the vote. 

If we can do it here … it can be done anywhere in the world, and I think ultimately it will be done everywhere in the world. This is a great first step.”

However, because the vote to approve the ordinance was 13-1 and not unanimous, a second vote will be required.

Furthermore, Mayor Eric Garcetti will also have to sign the ordinance for it to become official.

It’s not yet clear what economic impact such a ban could have on the city. A report from the Office of the Chief Legislative Analyst said the city does not keep track of fur sales specifically.

Last March, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to make that city the largest in the nation to ban the sale and manufacturing of fur. 

The ban took effect on Jan. 1 but allows furriers and other retailers to sell current inventory until Jan. 1, 2020.

The L.A. ban would start on Jan. 1, 2021.

Source: LosAngelesDailyNews

“There is no necessity to wear fur,” council member Bob Blumenfield said at a news conference outside City Hall in September alongside dozens of fur activists.
Anti-fur activists outside Los Angeles City Hall. Sept. 18, 2018 “There is no necessity to wear fur,” council member Bob Blumenfield said at a news conference outside City Hall in September alongside dozens of fur activists. Source: losangeles.cbslocal.com

The ordinance contains some exemptions, including:

  • Furs of animals trapped by California Fish and Game license holders.
  • The pelt of a deceased animal that is preserved through taxidermy or for the purpose of taxidermy.
  • The gift or transfer of a used fur product between private parties.
  • A used fur product bought, sold, donated or owned by a person not in the primary business of selling fur or a fur product, including a nonprofit organization, second- hand store, or pawn shop.
  • The manufacture of a fur product using fur sourced exclusively from a used fur product.
  • A fur or fur product that is only being transported through the city.

San Francisco, Berkeley and West Hollywood are among the California cities which already have fur bans in place. West Hollywood was the first city in the nation to institute a fur ban back in 2013.

Many designers have already stepped up to prohibit fur in their lines, including Versace, Gucci, Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and Jimmy Choo.

Source: LACBSLocal

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