Much to the chagrin of the Kardashian sisters (we assume), Los Angeles is close to becoming the largest city in the U.S. — and the third one in California — to ban the sale and production of “fur products within its limits,” according to Reuters.
“Following the lead of [West Hollywood, San Francisco and Berkeley], the Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 to direct the City Attorney’s Office to draft an ordinance banning fur apparel and accessories ranging from mink coats to rabbit’s foot charms,” Reuters reported.
While the draft must still receive final approval and a signature from LA mayor Eric Garcetti, it’s the latest sign that the general public is getting over fur. And even if they’re not unilaterally over it yet, “supporters said they hoped adoption of a fur ban in the nation’s second-largest city… would lead to similar actions on behalf of animal rights around the globe.”
“Los Angeles is one of the fashion capitals of the world, and if we can do it here, we can do it anywhere,” Councilman Paul Koretz said. “We hope that New York City and Chicago and Miami are all watching.”
Fur advocates were predictably upset by the measure, and were quick to point out that 70 percent of the most recent fall collections featured fur in some capacity. They also called the frequent assertion that the fur industry treats animals in inhumane and cruel ways “bogus,” which makes you wonder, if trapping, killing and skinning animals (not always in that order) isn’t inhumane to these people, what is?
Because the LA proposal is ultimately a measure to be ratified by politicians, there will be exemptions, but it’s a good start for those dreaming of a fur-free fashion landscape.
You can read more about it at Reuters.