Come 2013, the sale of fur garments won’t be allowed within city limits of West Hollywood, California, thanks to a ban passed by the city council last week.
The fur market may have been stronger than ever last year; according to reports, $14 billion worth of coats and other items were sold in 2010. West Hollywood has 200 apparel stores, nearly half of which now sell fur items.
The five-member City Council of the tiny, tony municipality wedged between Beverly Hills and Hollywood voted 3-to-1 with one abstention to endorse the ordinance, which would take effect in 2013, said City Councilman John Heilman, who voted ‘no.’ The ban was tentatively adopted by the council on September 20 and had been expected to win easy enactment two weeks later. But it ran into stiff opposition from the local Chamber of Commerce and the fur industry, whose main trade group, the Fur Information Council of America, is based in West Hollywood. Ultimately, the city’s famously left-leaning political establishment embraced the ban, won over by supporters’ arguments that furs are produced from animals that are inhumanely killed for their pelts.
Stores found in violation will receive punishments ranging from warnings to fines, though it’s not clear yet how the measure will be enforced.