Los An­ge­les bans fur sales; be­comes largest US city to go fur-free

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With the joint ef­forts led by mem­bers of City Coun­cil Paul Koretz, Bob Blu­men­field, and

Mitch O’Far­rell, Los An­ge­les has an­nounced a ci­ty­wide ban on the sale of fur. The de­ci­sion, that deems LA as the big­gest city in the United States to go fur-free, was a re­sult of a unan­i­mous vote con­ducted by the Los An­ge­les City Coun­cil, re­cently. It is just a sig­na­ture away from Los An­ge­les City At­tor­ney Mike Feuer to get le­galised in this re­gard. “There is no spe­cific timetable at this point,” a spokesman in Feuer’s of­fice con­firmed. In a state­ment, Coun­cil­man Koretz said, “We are ex­cited to bring to an end a cruel and in­hu­mane prac­tice. LA has been a leader on hu­mane is­sues and this is a great next step in that arena. We ap­pre­ci­ate Coun­cil Mem­bers Bob Blu­men­field and Marc Ching and his An­i­mal Hope & Well­ness Or­ga­ni­za­tion, for their lead­er­ship on this is­sue. We think we’ve also been as rea­son­able as pos­si­ble by ac­com­mo­dat­ing the fur in­dus­try al­low­ing the fur re­tail­ers to phase out their in­ven­tory. We are de­lighted by those in the fash­ion in­dus­try that are get­ting out in front for this in­clud­ing Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, Ver­sace, Gucci and Burberry that have made com­mit­ments to re­move fur from their line of prod­ucts. We hope that by be­ing the largest city in the US to ban fur, we will help set a tone for the rest of the coun­try to join in.” This year saw the ban on fur sales be­ing car­ried out in San Fran­cisco and other Cal­i­for­nia cities in­clud­ing West Hol­ly­wood and Berke­ley. PETA ap­plauded the event and shared im­ages of sup­port­ers hold­ing ‘#Fur Free LA’ and ‘Fur Is Dead’ signs out­side the Los An­ge­les City Hall. It was also sup­ported by celebri­ties like Mag­gie Q, Ali­cia Sil­ver­stone and Mena Su­vari. Ex­ec­u­tive Vice Pres­i­dent of PETA com­mented by the means of an email that stated, “PETA is pop­ping the Cham­pagne corks to­day af­ter the Los An­ge­les City Coun­cil – led by Coun­cil Mem­bers Paul Koretz, Bob Blu­men­field and Mitch O’Far­rell – voted to ban the man­u­fac­tur­ing and sale of fur, thereby spar­ing countless an­i­mals the hor­ror of be­ing beaten, elec­tro­cuted, and skinned alive for en­vi­ron­men­tally toxic prod­ucts that kind shop­pers don’t want and top de­sign­ers won’t use. When Los An­ge­les speaks, the world lis­tens, and it’s now the largest and most no­table city to tell the world that fur is dead.”

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