Pending confirmation via a final vote in October, retailers in the small city between Hollywood and Beverley Hills will be prohibited from selling garments made in whole or part from any animal pelt.
Councillor John DAmico, who campaigned on the issue, called the 5-0 vote very exciting.
This is a tiny city, so its mostly symbolic, he told the New York Times
. I think the impact will be heard from here to Fifth Avenue. People will talk about what a fur ban means in a new way.
Despite praise from environmental campaigners, some local retailers expressed exasperation over the vote.
It is a completely antibusiness stance, Darren Gold, a mens boutique owner, told WWD
. They are really short-sighted to think they can restrict what merchants in this economy can and cannot sell. They dont know how retail works, and they clearly showed it last night.
West Hollywood has been at the forefront of American cities on animal-rights issues. The council banned cat declawing in 2003 and proscribed the sale of animals from puppy mills (breeding facilities with factory-like conditions) last year
DAmico has proposed that the ban should come into effect from 30 June 2012.
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