In a move that’s believed to be the country’s first ban on the sale of fur apparel products, the city of West Hollywood, CA has voted to approve an ordinance that will ban the sales of clothing made from the skin or pelt of animals with hair, wool or fur. According to Fur Free West Hollywood spokesman Scott Samson, the City Council’s vote passed 3-1 on Monday night. Samson says that West Hollywood has always been known for its fur friendly laws and that local businesses were consulted in the process of writing the fur ban law.

However everyone isn’t onboard with the ban. The Fur Information Council of America plans to fight the ban arguing it could be detrimental to the area’s economy and West Hollywood retailer Maxfield already sent an outraged letter to the mayor stating the following:

“We believe that the right to exercise personal choices extends to the choice to buy, wear and sell fur,” wrote Deirdre Wheaton, general manager at Maxfield. She continued, “When the city council takes the freedom of the market away from retailers and their clients, it seems to beg the question — who will be affected next?”

Although many are in favor of laws that prevent cruelty to animals, does the government have the right to extend that protection to an individual’s choice in clothing? I’m sure we haven’t heard the last of this fashion fight.

Should fur be banned in stores?

- Danielle Pointdujour

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