In a vote that makes the town of 34,000 the first in the country to enforce such a policy, the West Hollywood City Council voted Monday night to ban the sale of newly made furs within city limits. The seven-hour meeting during which the vote took place touched on a lot of subjects, but West Hollywood Patch reports those concerned with the fur debate had to stay for the late shift. Discussion on the vote didn’t start until 11:40 pm and didn’t wrap up until after 1 am. Over 30 concerned citizens spoke their peace about the ban, with the vast majority of them arguing against how animals are treated to obtain fur.
The five council members voted unanimously in favor of the ban, but not before some debate on whether or not stores would be allowed to sell second-hand fur. The Council reasoned that because pre-existing garments made of fur would not contribute to any new animal deaths, they could indeed be sold.
While the punishment for selling new fur has not yet been determined, the council is still happy with its decision. “My colleagues are really wonderful, thoughtful, humane, socially compassionate legislators,” said Councilman John D’Amico, who sponsored the bill. “I’m honored to work with them.
Members suggested that the law be implemented next June, but said they will consult local business owners before making a final decision.