Los Angeles Says “NO!” to Fur
Join us in celebrating a major victory for animals in Los Angeles, where the City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to draft an ordinance outlining a citywide fur ban. Following years of campaigning to end the barbaric fur trade by In Defense of Animals, fellow animal rights organizations, and scores of animal activists, Los Angeles made history by becoming the largest city in the world to ban fur sales.
Activists filled the seats of the council room and cheered with joy when the vote was cast! We’re so proud of Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Bob Blumenfield, who spoke in favor of the ordinance and campaigned tirelessly to make it a reality. Paul stated to the chamber, “Other big cities will see what we're doing and follow our lead, and pretty soon there will be no big cities in which you can buy a fur coat anywhere in the United States.” Share the moment with us by watching JaneUnchained video coverage of the vote and activist interviews after our victory.
Los Angeles’ fur ban ordinance will prohibit the sale of apparel and accessories made in whole or in part of fur, including coats, handbags, shoes, hats, and jewelry. Retailers will be given a two-year phase-in period. The fur ban ordinance will need to be approved and signed by Mayor Eric Garcetti before officially becoming law.
The Los Angeles fur ban builds on years of dedication and hard work of California activists including several members of In Defense of Animals who have spent many years of their lives fighting fur with weekly demonstrations and by hosting Fur Free Friday events every year without fail. Los Angeles’ ban follows fur sales bans in San Francisco, Berkeley, and West Hollywood. More than 20 countries worldwide have taken national legislative action against fur including the UK, Austria and the Netherlands.
Encourage your city to ban fur! Learn more about this cruel industry at www.furkills.org.