Los Angeles banning fur sales from 2021

Los Angeles banning fur sales from 2021

PanARMENIAN.Net - The Los Angeles City Council tentatively passed an ordinance Tuesday that bans the sale and manufacturing of fur within city limits, CBS reports.

The ordinance, proposed by council members Bob Blumenfield and Paul Koretz, was approved by a 13-1 margin, with only council member Greig Smith voting against it. The ordinance bans the sale of products that use fur — such as handbags, shoes, hats, earmuffs and jewelry – within city limits.

L.A. now becomes the largest city in the U.S. with such a ban.

Because the vote was not unanimous, a second vote will be required. Mayor Eric Garcetti will also have to sign the ordinance to make it official.

Last September, the city council voted unanimously to direct the L.A. city attorney’s office to draft an ordinance outlining the ban. The ordinance will take effect in just under two years, allowing for a phase-in period. The L.A. ban will start on Jan. 1, 2021.

San Francisco, Berkeley and West Hollywood are among the California cities which already have fur bans in place. West Hollywood was the first city in the nation to institute a fur ban back in 2013.

“There is no necessity to wear fur,” Blumenfield said at a news conference outside City Hall in September alongside dozens of fur activists.

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