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Fur Ban Earns West Hollywood PETA's Proggy Award

Animal rights organization praises city for 'helping to make the world a kinder place.'

West Hollywood just earned itself some new bragging rights. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) awarded Weho its Proggy Award as "Most Compassionate U.S. City of 2011” Wednesday for banning the sale of apparel fur. The Proggy Award's name is short for "progress."

“Thank you for helping to make the world a kinder place,” Tracy Reiman, executive vice president of the animal rights organization, announced in a letter to Mayor John Duran just days after prohibiting the sale of fur apparel products.

The ordinance, which will go into effect Sept. 21, 2013, is meant to encourage the promotion of West Hollywood as a destination for cruelty-free and animal welfare events, "the Humane Capital of the United States," the city wrote in a statement.

West Hollywood has consistently approved animal welfare legislation, including supporting Proposition 2 (prohibiting the confinement of farm animals), banning the retail sale of dogs and cats in companion animal stores, and becoming the first in the nation to outlaw cat declawing.

"The City of West Hollywood’s commitment to civil rights, human rights and animal rights is one of its most cherished legacies," said the city in a statement.

The City Council will consider adoption of the ordinance on second reading at its regularly scheduled council meeting on Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m.

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jimmy palmieri November 10, 2011 at 04:34 PM
Thanks Mayor Duran, Mayor pro Tem Prang and Councilmember D'Amico for voting the correct way in passing the fur free ban. I wonder how Councilmember Heilmans Deputy , Fran Solomon , dressed childishly in a fur collar the evening of the vote, made Heilmans office look. Word is , more childish than it has in , oh at least , hours.......
Florence November 10, 2011 at 05:19 PM
What about leather shoes, belts, bags, car seats???
jimmy palmieri November 10, 2011 at 05:23 PM
when we stop eating meat the leather, the by products of those food sources could follow. Unless your eating mink that is.........
Chloe Ross November 10, 2011 at 07:35 PM
A ban is a ban and is an iffy direction for any government to take. There is no question that animals deserve better care and treatment and becoming coats is not one of them, but again - banning something outright sends government on a slippery slope. I said before this was voted in (by a 3 to 1 with one abstaining) by a frighteningly small group of people that it was most likely a project of PETA - - they could have waited a tiny bit longer to gloat.
DNB November 11, 2011 at 06:54 PM
@Florence, Jimmy Paliermi is wrong. There is a specific exception for leather because it is socially acceptable, also because the counsel does not wish to anger the leather community. I'm not making this up, this has all been reported right hear in the Patch. If that little bit of outrageous hypocrisy on the part of the city and PITA, there is also an exception for the design center. Why?... Because they do not want to piss of the vendors there. So, you can go ahead and buy a sofa made from baby seals, but not a pair of rabbit lined gloves. This is silly, poorly thought out, and frankly offensive law. The good news is that the law does not take effect until 2014, which gives the retail community (who is united in opposition) time to challenge the law in court, which will,absolutely, defiantly and without question strike it down.
joninla November 12, 2011 at 01:22 AM
"BRAGGING RIGHTS" .... That's really what motivates the City Council's Actions. Apart from the extreme hostility this action created in the business communitu, the 'belief' by all of us who love animals and would like to live in a world where nobody would wear fur for fashion that the will somehow or in someway prevent at least one single animal from the cruel death the Fur Industry causes or any actual effects this ineffective and possible illegal passing of a law by the CITY infringing on rights (of any kind) that are protected by the State A Federal Constitution will have ..... THE TIME, EFFORT, MONEY AND EMBARRASsing ONGOING NEED FOR PUBLIC DISPLAYS HONORING THE CITY MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEMBERS SHOULD NOT COME BEFORE PUTTING IN THE TIME, EFFORT , RESOURCES AND TIME TO ADDRESS THE IMMEDIATE REAL ISSUES SERIOUSLY AFFECTING THE RESIDENTS AND THE QULITY OF LIFE THAT WILL BE PERMANENTLY HARMED BY MAJOR BUILDING/DESTRUCTION PROJECTS .... ALL OF WHICH ARE THOUGHT UP, CHOSEN, PASSED AND RUSHED INTO ACTION WITH EVERY EFFORT TO DISTRACT OR MISLEAD THE RESIDENTS ABOUT THE TRUTH BY CONDUCTING "SHOW MEETINGS WITH RESIDENT PARTICIPATION" WHEN THE REPEATED HISTORY HAS SHOWN WILL NOT STOP OR AFFECT THE PERSONAL DESIRES OF THE CITY COUNCIL ..... AN D THEN SLAP THEIR NAMES ON THE PROJECTS WHEN DONE. CRIME! HOUSING! TRAFFIC! There are so may more important issues facing the city and it's residents that don't get one-thenth the effort to deal with or with such focused speed.
Chloe Ross November 12, 2011 at 01:34 AM
joinla: I agree with every word you say and I appreciate that you said it. The minutiae to which city time is given is astonishing and if it were not so awful, laughable. In point of fact: no one ever asked me how I felt about a fur ban in WeHo. Or the failed mile high project at Movietown Plaza (that fell through - it's hard not to laugh but people lost their businesses). I applaud your voice and I hope you will continue to speak out your opinions - often.
DNB November 12, 2011 at 08:44 PM
She made the look like the hypocrites, that the are. People will never stop wearing fur, and ift raied and killed properly, there is no reason they should. and this case will go down like a stone in court.
DNB November 12, 2011 at 09:02 PM
RIght on! The consul is happily selling this city off to the highest bidders, and turned there backs on there original mission in founding West Hollywood, which was to create a city with strong rent control laws which will encourage the diversity essential to a thriving municipality. That's gone and forgotten. But hey! We got a tennis court!
DNB November 12, 2011 at 09:03 PM
their, and their and a missing and ;0
WeHoOne November 17, 2011 at 04:17 AM
Is Frannie a trannie? She looks like one but I'm not sure

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