(FASHION/FUR TRADE/ANIMAL CRUELTY) CALIFORNIA — West Hollywood is famously known and celebrated for being an animal-friendly city for decades. However, Mayfair House, a high-priced fashion boutique, is suing West Hollywood for their citywide ban on animal fur. On Friday, the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a friend of the court brief with the U.S. District Court, Central District of California on behalf of the city of West Hollywood. This brief supports the city’s motion to dismiss the Mayfair Lawsuit.
The citywide ban on fur has been in effect since September 2013, and bans the sale of all animal fur products within city limits. Mayfair House, which sells luxury animal fur coats and other animal fur products, claims the ban on animal fur is unconstitutional. The animal suffering that takes place on fur farms is unimaginable and West Hollywood should be praised for their citywide ban. Keep reading to find out more about this lawsuit and take a moment to applaud West Hollywood for banning fur sales. — Global Animal
Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF)
WEST HOLLYWOOD – Today, the national nonprofit Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) filed a friend of the court brief with the U.S. District Court, Central District of California on behalf of the city of West Hollywood, which is the target of a fur-related lawsuit by the high-priced West Hollywood fashion boutique Mayfair House, Inc. In 2011, the City passed an ordinance which bans the sale of all animal fur products within city limits; that ordinance went into effect in September, 2013. Mayfair House—which sells luxury items made from animal fur—has filed a lawsuit against the city, claiming the ban on fur is unconstitutional. ALDF’s brief supports the city’s motion to dismiss that lawsuit. The Court will decide whether to consider ALDF’s amicus brief in the coming weeks.
For more than two decades West Hollywood has supported groundbreaking animal welfare laws. In 1989, the city became a “Cruelty Free Zone for Animals,” and banned both steel leg-hold traps and animal testing for cosmetics. In 2003, the city outlawed the declawing of cats and other animals, and in 2010 the city banned the commercial sale of dogs and cats. Just this year, West Hollywood banned the commercial display of animals, which effectively banned circuses. After investigating the issue, the city argues the intense suffering animals endure in the fur industry is inconsistent with a “Cruelty Free Zone,” and that cruelty-free fashion alternatives abound.
Mayfair House argues the city-wide ban on fur not only violates state laws that prevent the city from enacting wildlife-related ordinances—but also the due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution. ALDF is asking the court to uphold the city’s constitutional authority to protect animals within city limits.
“Animals on fur farms suffer unimaginable agony in filthy cages before being suffocated, electrocuted, gassed, or poisoned,” said Stephen Wells, executive director of ALDF. “West Hollywood should be commended, not sued, for reasonable laws that ban horrific acts of cruelty.”
Copies of ALDF’s amicus brief are available by request. ALDF was founded in 1979 with the unique mission of protecting the lives and advancing the interests of animals through the legal system. For more information, please visit aldf.org.