West Hollywood Delays Final Approval of Fur Ban

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West Hollywood City Council members have delayed final approval on an ordinance that would ban retailers from selling fur within the city's 1.9 square mile limits.

The ban, which was first unanimously approved on September 19th was reintroduced on Monday, October 3 with some minor changes--including an exemption for retailers of vintage apparel, Corey Schaffer, the City Clerk of the City of West Hollywood, tells KCET.

After various subcommittee meetings, the ordinance was tabled for thirty days due to "legal and process issues that need to be discussed further," according to a draft of last night's meeting minutes.

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Brian Unger of KCET's SoCal Connected shared his take on West Hollywood's fur ban after its preliminary approval.

The bill, which was sponsored by Councilman John D'Amico, focused on the animal rights abuses associated with the fur industry. The city hopes to be the first to pass an ordinance of this type.

The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the board of the Avenues: Art, Fashion and Design District oppose the ban of fur apparel, stating that it will negatively effect business in the area.

In a statement following the original September 19th motion, Genevieve Morrill, President/CEO of the West Hollywood Chamber stated, "We are dismayed that a City who has worked so tirelessly to create a district that attracts high-end fashion retailers, would abandon its business constituents without due diligence. The very stakeholders that make this city thrive economically have been ignored without as much as a survey."

The City Council will now meet with business owners about the proposed ordinance before the next reading to give "a chance for everyone to come to the table," D'Amico told the LA Times.

The city will continue to amend the bill leading up to its proposed implementation date of June 30, 2012.

Elise Hennigan is a graduate student at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, which has partnered with KCET-TV to produce this blog about policy in Los Angeles.

The photo used on this post is by Flickr user Joel Dinda. It was used under Creative Commons License.

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