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West Hollywood To Fur Buyers: You Could Be Banned

November 11, 2011

West Hollywood To Fur Buyers: You Could Be Banned

The municipality of West Hollywood's five member City Council are voting to approve a ban on the sales of fur coats and clothes. The luxury boutiques of Marc Jacobs, Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Marni and Carolina Herrera on or near Melrose Place will all be affected.

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(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.

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