Hollywood, CA, United States (AHN) – West Hollywood moved a step closer to becoming fur-free on Tuesday when the city council tentatively approved an ordinance that would ban the sale of apparel made in whole or in part from the pelt or skin of an animal with hair, wool or fur.
The West Hollywood Park Auditorium was as packed as any Hollywood premiere as the audience waited to hear the reading of the ordinance. The crowd erupted into a standing ovation after the council read the vote in favor of the proposed ban.
The ordinance must be given a second reading before it can receive final approval. The council also must decide on the start date for the ban and if it should apply to sales of used clothing.
Council members said they will be speaking with area business owners about the proposal before the next reading.
Animal friendly West Hollywood, with some 50,000 residents, already has passed bans on the declawing of cats, animal testing for cosmetics, and the ban of steel jaw leghole traps.
The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is not as enthusiastic. It opposes the ordinance.