West Hollywood made history Monday night by becoming the first city in the nation to ban the sale of fur clothing.
In voting 5-0 for the fur-clothing ban, the council seemed to consider the prohibition an extension of the animal-cruelty-free resolution it passed several years ago.
Councilman John D’Amico, who sponsored the fur ordinance, said it was about the “impacts we have on the world. This is really an opportunity for our city to lead in a very specific and thoughtful way.”
In reviewing the language of the ordinance, which does not apply to furniture items that have fur, the council realized several issues that had not been addressed: selling fur at vintage/used clothing stores and yard sales, penalties for disregarding the ban and an implementation date.
The council was in favor of allowing secondhand fur to be sold since it would not be from an animal that had been newly killed.
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