9/20/2011 23:00 UTC
Great news for those who care about animals comes out of West Hollywood. PETA reports that on September 19, 2011, the West Hollywood City Council has banned the sale of fur (leather is not banned), making it the first city in America to pass such an ordinance. Council members unanimously approved “an ordinance that would ban the sale of clothing made of fur, wool and animal hair.”
The anti-fur ordinance is not the first animal-friendly law on the books in West Hollywood where declawing of cats is banned and pet stores are prohibited from doing business with puppy mills. While not everyone is thrilled with the new ordinance, it is a win-win for the city and animal activists. For the activists, it is a significant step towards an animal-friendly world; the city reaps the benefit of the good publicity generated.
Speaking on the subject of the John D’Amico-spearheaded campaign, Chris DeRose, founder and president of Last Chance for Animals said, "You've got to start banning cruelty, you've got to start banning horrors that are happening to these animals just for the name of vanity or profit." (KABC-TV, Los Angeles)
Effective date and penalties for ban violations have not yet been set.