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West Hollywood residents and animal-rights organization In Defense of Animals have launched a campaign to brand their city the first fur-free enclave in the nation. In a rally at Matthew Shepard Human Rights Triangle Park on Friday, Anand Ramanathan, IDA’s CEO, urged the “progressive city council” of West Hollywood to ban the sale of fur. West Hollywood is no stranger to pushing boundaries to promote animal rights. In 2003, the local council banned the declawing of cats, as well as the sale of dogs and cats within city limits. A decade before, West Hollywood opted to replace pet “owner” with “guardian.” And as early as 1989, the city declared itself a “cruelty-free zone for animals” when it passed Resolution 558, prohibiting cosmetics-testing on animals and the use of steel-jaw leghold traps.


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More than 50 million animals are killed for their fur each year, according to IDA, which has fought to end animal cruelty and exploitation since 1983. Not all of them are exotic in origin, either. A recent investigation by the Human Society of the United States found that the fur trim on a parka sold by Barneys most likely belonged to a coyote, despite being labeled as faux. The IDA reports similar instances of cats and dogs being killed for the “faux” fur embellishments on clothing from China.

Despite the recent reintroduction of fur to the runway, an equally vociferous anti-fur movement is gaining traction.

Few issues are as polarizing as fur, and despite the recent reintroduction of fur to the runway, an equally vociferous anti-fur movement is gaining traction. Norway made history in December when it banned fur from Oslo Fashion Week. The same month, President Barack Obama signed a bill requiring all garments made with animal fur to identify the correct species of origin on their labels. Avoiding the realities of the new Truth in Fur Labeling Act could result in up to $5,000 in fines and a year in prison.

West Hollywood, then, is not alone in its call to end an unnecessarily barbaric practice. “Fur farming and production is notoriously and inherently cruel,” Ramanathan says. “And every opportunity to ban or restrict the sale of fur saves countless animals’ lives.”

We’re definitely digging the current subversion of fur’s revival in the marketplace.

+ Press Release

+ In Defense of Animals

[Via Planet Green]