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February 18, 2019

Los Angeles step closer to fur ban

By Hannah Abdulla

Los Angeles has passed an ordinance to ban the production and sale of fur in the city from 2021, which will make it the largest US city to do so.

In September, Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously on a proposal for the city attorney’s office to draft an ordinance outlining the ban. The ban applies to all apparel and accessory items.

The ordinance was proposed by Councilmen Paul Koretz and Bob Blumenfield. Last week it was reportedly approved by a 13-1 margin, with only council member voting against it. 

A second vote will now be required because the vote was not unanimous and the ordinance will need to be signed by the mayor to make it official.

Lisa Lange, senior vice president at campaign group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), said in response: “Thanks to kind-hearted council members Paul Koretz, Bob Blumenfield, and Mitch O’Farrelll, countless animals will now be spared the horror of being beaten, electrocuted, and skinned alive for environmentally toxic products that kind shoppers don’t want and top designers won’t use. 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.”

In recent years several major brands have pledged to cut fur from their collections including Diane von Furstenberg, Burberry and, most recently, Coach and Jean Paul Gaultier

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