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City of West Hollywood to ban on fur clothing sales
Sep '11
The West Hollywood City Council has unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that prohibits the sale of fur apparel products in the City of West Hollywood. The City Council also gave direction to the City Attorney to amend the ordinance to include an implementation date of June 30, 2012 and explore the possibility of providing an exemption for vintage clothing stores that sell fur apparel. The West Hollywood City Council will consider the proposed amended ordinance at the regularly-scheduled council meeting on Monday, October 3, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at the new West Hollywood Library, 625 N. San Vicente Boulevard.

The ordinance is one of the first its kind in the United States. It also encourages the promotion of West Hollywood as a destination for cruelty-free and animal welfare events and the promotion of West Hollywood as the Humane Capital of the United States. The City of West Hollywood is one of the West Coast's premiere shopping destinations for luxury fashion and known worldwide for its unprecedented commitment to animal welfare.

According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), eighty-five percent of the fur industry's skins come from animals living captive in fur factory farms. These farms can hold thousands of animals, and their farming practices are remarkably uniform around the globe. As with other intensive-confinement animal farms, the methods used in fur factory farms are designed to maximize profits, always at the expense of the animals. Animals that are slaughtered for their fur, whether they are raised on a fur farm or trapped in the wild, endure tremendous suffering.

Animals raised on fur farms typically spend their entire lives in cramped and filthy cages. No federal humane slaughter law protects animals in fur factory farms, and killing methods are gruesome. Fur farmers typically use the cheapest killing methods available, including suffocation, electrocution, gas and poison. More than half of the fur in the United States comes from China, where millions of dogs and cats are killed for their pelts, and there are no penalties for abusing animals.

The City of West Hollywood's commitment to civil rights, human rights and animal rights is one of its most cherished legacies. The City of West Hollywood has consistently worked to enact cutting edge animal welfare legislation, both locally and across California. The City of West Hollywood was the first City in the United States to outlaw cat declawing; adopted a resolution supporting Proposition 2, which led to a statewide standard in the caging of chickens; as well as a new ordinance banning the retail sale of dogs and cats in companion animal stores in West Hollywood.

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