West Hollywood endorses first fur ban in the U.S.

I used to have a fur jacket. Many years ago.

That was before Animal Planet and all those National Geographic shows helped raise my consciousness regarding how beautiful animals are and how their lives and emotions may not be the same as ours but are just as real.

When I see how farm animals are treated in the meat factories I think I should give up meat.

I remain an omnivore and I don’t have a problem with leather that is part of the animals we eat.

Outside of rabbits we don’t tend to consume fur bearing critters.

So my standard has become one of:  If you don’t eat the body of the animal then you don’t wear the skin of that animal.

From Raw Story:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/11/10/west-hollywood-endorses-first-fur-ban-in-the-u-s/

By Reuters
Thursday, November 10, 2011

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Putting animal rights over fashion and its own vibrant shopping scene, West Hollywood’s leaders voted to approve on Tuesday a first-in-the-nation ban on the sale of fur clothing within city limits.

The five-member City Council of the tiny, tony municipality wedged between Beverly Hills and Hollywood voted 3-to-1 with one abstention to endorse the ordinance, which would take effect in 2013, said City Councilman John Heilman, who voted “no.”

The ban was tentatively adopted by the council on September 20 and had been expected to win easy enactment two weeks later. But it ran into stiff opposition from the local Chamber of Commerce and the fur industry, whose main trade group, the Fur Information Council of America, is based in West Hollywood.

Ultimately, the city’s famously left-leaning political establishment embraced the ban, won over by supporters’ arguments that furs are produced from animals that are inhumanely killed for their pelts.

The latest vote came shortly before 1 a.m., capping a contentious, hours-long debate.

Continue reading at:  http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/11/10/west-hollywood-endorses-first-fur-ban-in-the-u-s/

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