Los Angeles May Be the Next City to Go Fur-Free
"When Los Angeles speaks, the world listens"
It may be sacrilege to say that Anna Wintour is off-trend on anything, but when it comes to her love for fur, she lies in the (shrinking) minority. Since the beginning of 2018 alone, scores of luxury brands have disassociated with the controversial fabric, including the likes Burberry, Versace and Gucci. They join a growing list of fur-free designers who are taking a stand against animal cruelty.
But it’s not just designers. In fact, entire cities have rejected the sale of these goods. West Hollywood was the first to ban the sale of fur back in 2011, relinquishing an estimated two million dollars of profit a year. The city of São Paulo in Brazil followed suit in 2015, despite being one of the world’s largest producers of chinchilla fur and earlier this year a board of supervisors in San Francisco also voted to ban sales of the material within its city limits.
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Today the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously for my motion to ban the manufacture and sale of new fur products throughout Los Angeles. Now LA is the biggest city in the nation to stand up and ban this vile practice. More than fifty million animals including foxes, chinchilla, minks, raccoons, dogs and rabbits are killed for their fur every year. According to the World Society for the Protection of Animals, eighty-five percent of these animals are raised and killed on factory fur farms. There’s no excuse for being complicit in this inhumane and unnecessary trade. Thanks to my colleagues Councilmember @paulkoretz , Councilmember @mitchofarrell and Marc Ching from @animalhopeandwellness for helping lead this effort as well as @tonykanal , @joannakrupa , @maggieq and all the animal welfare advocates who joined us this morning to support my fur ban. #FurFreeLA
California seems to be leading the charge here, with Los Angeles set up to be the next potential city to join the fur-free party. This Tuesday, city council voted on whether or not they thought LA should ban sales of fur within their city limits. The vote came back in total agreement, with all board members deciding the practice should be stopped.
Officially, we still have to wait and see how everything shakes out–CBS LA states that the ordinance would need to be drafted by the city attorney’s office and signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti. But as of right now, everything looks very promising.
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Incredible to be there today to witness LA City Council’s unanimous vote to ban fur sales by 2020! Swipe through to see everything that went down, and tap the link in our profile to watch the full rally on #FacebookLIVE: bit.ly/2ppYXwF 👉 1) @JoannaKrupa speaks in favor of the ban, alongside councilmembers and other celebrities. 2) A canine supporter reminds the crowd that all fur comes from animals who didn’t want to die. 3) A few of the massive crowd, making their voices heard. 4) @MaggieQ posing with her PETA anti-fur ad before the meeting.
“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,” PETA said in a statement.