A proposal that might make Los Angeles the most important metropolis within the U.S. to ban the sale of fur merchandise superior within the Metropolis Council on Tuesday.
The council voted unanimously to direct the town lawyer to draft an ordinance that may prohibit the manufacture and sale of fur merchandise. The ordinance have to be offered to the council at a future date for last approval.
The vote additionally directed the town lawyer to report again to the council on a number of points together with how fur attire is utilized by non secular organizations, and attainable exemptions, in addition to potential conflicts with federal and state legal guidelines regarding sale of fur merchandise derived from legally trapped animals.
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A ban would take impact two years after last approval of the ordinance
The ban would cowl attire made in entire or in a part of fur — together with clothes, purses, sneakers, hats, earmuffs, jewellery and keychains. Solely used fur merchandise could possibly be offered.
Councilmen Bob Blumenfield and Paul Koretz submitted the movement.
Neighboring West Hollywood together with Berkeley and San Francisco have already got fur bans, though their ordinances differ in some specifics. West Hollywood’s regulation was modified to exempt fur from animals which might be legally trapped below state regulation.
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Activists condemn the fur trade as inhumane, contending that the animals are topic to brutal situations and meet torturous deaths.
Keith Kaplan, spokesman for the Fur Info Council of America, a commerce group for producers and fur retailers, denied the accusations and mentioned the Metropolis Council movement is being put ahead on the premise of “lies and false research.”
A fur ban within the metropolis might have an financial affect, Kaplan mentioned Monday.
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“There’s loads of fur offered in LA. It is in over 500 designer collections, it is on sneakers, it is on purses,” he mentioned. “So sure, it should have an effect on jobs, it should have an effect on tax revenues.”
Retail fur gross sales globally accounted for $35.eight billion, and the fur trade employed greater than 1 million folks in 2014, the newest 12 months that figures had been accessible from the trade, Kaplan mentioned.