Written by PETA
West Hollywood's City Council is sending
a strong message to pelt peddlers: Go faux or get out. In a
monumental step for animals, the Council approved a ban on the sale of new apparel fur
jackets, vests, stoles, and boots in stores within the city limits.
The City Council heard from people in
the fur industry who opposed the ban, but it was also bombarded with calls,
letters, and e-mails from PETA supporters, both local and outside the city,
urging it to pass the measure. Ellen DeGeneres
showed her support for the ban by tweeting, "I just heard West Hollywood
has banned the sale of fur. Good for them!" And Stella McCartney
penned a letter to the Council saying, "The ban on the sale of fur in West
Hollywood is a true example of the kinds of efforts we need to make to
influence people that will hopefully lead to positive change."
A PETA member who lives in West
Hollywood spoke at Monday night's Council meeting, explaining that all fur is
cruel, no matter how the fur
industry's PR people try to spin
it. She said, "Numerous undercover investigations from China, the
U.S., and just about everywhere in between have revealed that foxes, minks,
coyotes, and rabbits—and even dogs and cats—are bludgeoned,
electrocuted, and often skinned alive for their pelts."
PETA has named WeHo the Most
Compassionate U.S. City of 2011 for its progress in seeking to become "the
humane capital of the United States." Banning fur sales is just the latest
compassionate action for the city, which has already halted pet stores from
selling dogs and cats, banned declawing, and officially recognized people with
companion animals as "guardians" rather than "owners." We
hope that many other cities follow in WeHo's inspiring footsteps.
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Written by Michelle Sherrow
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