(ANIMAL WELFARE/ANIMAL NEWS) Following in the footsteps of West Hollywood, Berkeley, and San Francisco, Los Angeles is now the largest city in the United States to go fur-free.

Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to ban the sale of fur beginning in January, giving retailers until 2020 to rid their existing inventories.

Their decision comes just days after designer Burberry and London Fashion Week announced they would go fur-free. And while a growing number of municipalities and major fashion designers–including Michael Kors, Versace, and Gucci–are saying no to fur, the city’s move signals a growing trend to outlaw the inherently cruel and inhumane fur trade globally.

Read on to learn more about this historic decision for the nation’s second largest city and one of the world’s major fashion hubs, and how it’s poised to encourage similar bans around the globe. Don’t forget to take a stand against cruelty to animals by signing PETA’s fur-free pledge today! — Global Animal

Protesters with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) attended a news conference where it was announced that Los Angeles would ban the sale of fur products. Photo Credit: Richard Vogel/Associated Press

Los Angeles Times, Jonah Engel Bromwich

Los Angeles is on track to become the largest city in the United States to ban the sale of fur clothing and accessories.

On Tuesday, the City Council voted unanimously for the ban, directing the Los Angeles City Attorney to formulate a policy that would render fur sales illegal. The council expects that the city attorney will return with the requisite language in about a month. The ban will take effect two years from the day it is signed into law.

Council member Bob Blumenfield, who introduced the motion, said: “This is L.A. taking a stand and saying we will no longer be complicit in the inhumane and vile fur trade that’s been going on for years.”

The average temperature in Los Angeles hovers around 75 degrees Fahrenheit, so fur is … maybe not as necessary as in, say, Alaska. But the City Council members hope that their vote could see a ripple effect.

“We’re trying to set an example for the rest of the state and the rest of the country,” Mr. Blumenfield said.

Los Angeles is now one of several cities in California, including San Francisco and West Hollywood, that have banned the sale of fur.

P.J. Smith, the senior manager of fashion policy at the Humane Society of the United States, called it a wonderful day for the fur-banning brigade. He said that he expected Los Angeles’s status as the second largest city in the United States, and a fashion hub, would persuade more cities to join the ban.

“I’ve been doing this job for about 10 years, and if you would have told me just two years ago that Gucci, Versace, Burberry, InStyle magazine, London Fashion Week, Norway, the Netherlands, São Paulo would be going fur-free, I wouldn’t have believed you,” Mr. Smith said. “But it’s happening.”

He said that he did not necessarily expect colder cities to follow suit: “I don’t think it’s happening in Moscow.”

But Mr. Smith said that within the United States, cities were competing with each other “almost to see who’s the most compassionate city out there.”

“San Francisco’s colder, and when San Francisco banned fur sales, it was considered the compassion capital,” he said. “Then you have L.A. turning around and claiming that title back.”

Of course, not everyone in the city was happy about the news. Harry Naim, a proprietor of the downtown store Furs by La Fayette, said that he was absolutely against the ban and was very angry about it.

“We have been in business for 30 years and suddenly some stupid people decided to ban it,” he said of the fur clothing he sells. “I don’t think this bothers anyone. Why do they want to kill the business I’ve built?”

More Los Angeles Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/18/style/fur-ban-los-angeles.html

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