Vegan activists declare victory in LA as city council votes to stop the fur trade, with sales of new coats, handbags and accessories all banned
- Los Angeles, California, is to become America’s biggest city to ban fur sales
- Coats and bags once thought the height of Hollywood fashion will be outlawed
- Ban is expected to come into effect in 2021 after the first bill was voted through
Ross Ibbetson For Mailonline
Los Angeles is to become America’s biggest city to ban fur sales, after vociferous protests from animal rights activists and vegans for years.
The city council passed legislation on Tuesday to bring a ban on the trade of fur into effect in 2021.
Coats, handbags and scarves once considered the height of Hollywood fashion will no longer be allowed within the city limits.
Activists attend a news conference in support of their motion to ban the sale of fur products within Los Angeles city limits in September outside City Hall
One exception will be furs sold in second-hand stores, the LA Times reported.
In addition furs involved in taxidermy or those taken under a trapping licence would not be affected by the ban.
According to the Times, council member Paul Koretz said, ‘animal cruelty is animal cruelty, and if we lose a few jobs, that’s life.’
PETA heralded the move last year, saying: ‘This decision will spare countless animals the horror of being beaten, electrocuted, and skinned alive for environmentally toxic items—items that compassionate shoppers don’t want and top designers won’t use.’
An anti-fur protester in November last year in LA holding a sign which says: ‘Only cute little animals like me should wear fur. Don’t buy fur!’
Supporters of the ban as well as PETA leaders gathered outside City Hall ahead of the vote initially going before the council in September.
A number of Hollywood stars including Maggie Q, Joanna Krupa, Jayde Nicole, Tony Kanal, and Cornelia Guest joined the rally of activists.
Many others including Mena Suvari and Donna D’Errico have protested on the streets of LA in recent years.
However, those in the fur industry believe they are being smeared by an inaccurate representation of fur farms.
The International Fur Federation say that their industry is sustainable and promotes a green vision for the future.
The pro-fur group has accused Gucci – who said they would go fur free – of being fooled by anti-fur groups.
Their CEO Mark Oaten said: ‘Petrol-based fake plastic fur is extremely harmful to the environment, isn’t biodegradable and negatively impacts wildlife.’
Los Angeles follows West Hollywood, Berkeley and San Francisco who have already imposed similar restrictions.
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