WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBS) — The West Hollywood City Council has approved a new ordinance banning the sale of animal fur.
Monday night’s vote marks the final step in banning sales of clothing made from the skins or pelts of any animal with hair, fur or wool.
City leaders will work with local businesses to write the official guidelines for the ban.
Animal rights attorney and co-organizer of Fur Free West Hollywood Shannon Keith told KNX 1070 it was the right thing to do back in September.
“Animals suffer immensely for the use of fur,” Keith said. “Animals are skinned alive, they’re beaten, they’re stomped on, they’re gassed…it’s a horrible thing all in the name of vanity.”
The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce disputed that assertion, along with the board of the “Avenues: Art, Fashion and Design District”, which claims the ban will limit the city’s reputation for creative expression in the field of high fashion.
“It’s a significant loss of revenue to the city,” Keith Kaplan of the Fur Information Council said. “It’s a significant loss of image as a fashion destination to the city.”