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West Hollywood Bans Fur Sales
Good for foxes and rabbits and dogs and cats
The best way to wear fur.

West Hollywood is simultaneously the first and the last place you’d expect a ban on fur sales. The last place because West Hollywood is home to a long tradition of A-listers sporting fur when it’s not even cold. The first place because West Hollywood has steadily been in the vanguard of passing humane laws. It was the first city to ban the declawing of cats in 2003 and among the first to formally adopt the term “guardian” in place of “owner” in 2001.

The ban on sales of clothing made from the skin or pelt of animals with hair, wool or fur is the first in the country, and goes into effect in 2013. It’s a small but significant step in the effort to end the cruel practice of factory farms and the trapping of wild animals, and the ban is also good news for dogs and cats. Investigations by the Humane Society of the United States have revealed that dog fur (which cannot legally be sold in the U.S.) is still falsely labeled and sold here. HSUS claims that millions of domestic dogs and cats are killed on purpose or accidentally by the fur trade every year. Every step that reduces demand is a step in the right direction.

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Lisa Wogan lives in Seattle and is the author of, most recently, Dog Park Wisdom. lisawogan.com
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Submitted by Ann Mason | December 1 2011 |

Sadly, there will be blowback from this law. Merchants in West Hollywood have said their customers will just go into Beverly Hills to buy their fur, and that's probably correct. Consumer demand will discourage these laws from being passed in other cities. Still, anyone living in West Hollywood should be proud that their city is not participating in this cruelty. Personally, I have never spoken up when someone has bragged about wearing fur, and I'm not proud of that. How many of us would stay quiet if we saw someone trying to kill a dog? The act of buying fur may create a distance from the individual act of cruelty, but it's still every bit as serious for the animal. We should work toward making this unacceptable, just the way assaults which cause injury to people are unacceptable.

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