Los Angeles City Council recently took a major step to ban the sale of any new fur products. This would include products made completely, or in part, of fur, but not used fur items. In late September, the Council voted unanimously to have the city attorney, Mike Feuer, write an ordinance banning the sale of fur. This ordinance will be presented to the City Council again for final approval. The ban would go into effect two years after the final approval. While the fur ban has not been completely put into place, it seems very likely that it will be passed. The advancement of this bill still shows a huge step towards understanding of animal rights.
The fact that this step has been taken in Los Angeles may not be surprising because of how liberal the city is, but it will dramatically shape the fashion world because of how critical Los Angeles is to the industry. Sara Haleblian (12), said that she “supports LA in this endeavor because every year millions of animals are wrongfully treated in order to get their fur when fake fur works just fine.”
The proposal of this bill to the City Council happened amidst rallies where protestors called out fur factories for their inhumane way of treating the animals and their torturous way of slaughtering them.
Los Angeles Councilman, Bob Blumenfield said, “This is something that is not just a good legislative win, it’s a moral win.”
Blumenfield, along with Councilman Paul Koretz, submitted the fur ban motion.
When asked her opinion of the proposal of a fur ban, Natalie Berner (12), said that she agreed wholeheartedly with it.
“I don’t understand why this hasn’t happened earlier,” she said.
Part of the reason why this ban was not introduced earlier is because of the economic impacts of a fur ban. In LA, over 500 designers sell fur, and in 2014, the fur industry employed over a million people.
If LA implements this ban, they will be joining many businesses that are also banning fur. Burberry, Michael Kors, Gucci, and Armani have are all moving away from using fur in their products.
Information for this article was taken from the LA Times.