Fur Fashion, Accessories To Be Banned In Los Angeles

Cheryl A. Hoahing

If you are a manufacturer of fur-based fashions, Los Angeles might not be the best place to set up shop. The city may soon become the biggest in the United States to ban both the production and sale of clothing items and accessories that feature fur in order to be more animal-friendly.

On Tuesday, September 18, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to have an ordinance drafted that would prohibit fur products, in whole or in part, to be manufactured and sold in the area, reported the Associated Press.

After the preparation of the ordinance is finished, it then has to be presented to the City Council for review and final approval. There is no word on how long this process will take, but if it does get authorized, the law will go into effect two years after the approval date.

There are several issues that need to first be addressed before making the ban possible, including how fur is used by religious organizations and if there are any conflicts with federal and state laws in relation to the sale of products derived from legally trapped animals. The city attorney, who will spearhead the project, must report back to the council on these matters.

Former Real Housewives of Miami star Joanna Krupa also spoke at the rally, saying that she supports the fur ban because she "believes the city is ready to go cruelty-free."

"Foxes and other animals used for their fur live horrible lives locked in cages, only to be electrocuted, skinned alive, and used for fur," she said to the crowd, explaining why the animal-based material needs to be outlawed.

On the opposing side, the spokesman for the Fur Information Council of America, Keith Kaplan, said that Los Angeles banning fur manufacturing and selling will have a major impact on jobs and tax revenues, according to CBS News. He said that, in 2014, fur sales globally accounted for $35.8 billion and the fur industry employed more than 1 million workers.

Three cities in California, West Hollywood, Berkeley, and San Francisco, already have variations of this law in effect.