The Ban on the Sale
and Manufacture of Fur in Los Angeles
Animal Hope in Legislation spearheaded the introduction of a ban on the sale and manufacture of fur products within the City of Los Angeles. Appalled by brutal reality of the fur trade, Councilmember Bob Blumenfield introduced the measure which was co-authored by Councilmember Paul Koretz and seconded by Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell.
L.A. City Council passed the ordinance and Los Angeles will become the largest city in the world to prohibit the sale and manufacture of products such as shoes, handbags or clothing that are made in whole or in part of fur.
The fur trade is a brutal industry where millions of animals such as foxes, minks, rabbits, dogs, cats, raccoons, and chinchilla’s are killed every year. Most of these animals are raised on fur farms, where they are kept in cages, barely bigger than their bodies and confined to a life of misery. They live through intense stress and engage in psychotic behaviors like repetitive pacing, self-mutilation and cannibalism. They endure this life only to be killed in some of the most inhumane ways - electrocuted and stunned, some still alive as they are being skinned. They are submitted to this suffering solely for the sake of their fur.
As a fashion mecca and the second largest city in the United States, this measure will set an example of compassion to the rest of the country and the world to follow. Today there are countless varieties of fabric and fur alternatives. There is no need for this brutal industry. Other California cities with similar bans in place include West Hollywood, Berkley, and San Francisco.