Weho Ban on Fur Sales Upheld by Judge

U.S. District Judge George H. King wrote that West Hollywood's intent to promote awareness of animal welfare by prohibiting fur sales was "legitimate."

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A federal judge has upheld West Hollywood's ban on the sale of fur apparel, according to an opinion obtained today.

In rejecting claims that the ban was unconstitutional, U.S. District Judge George H. King wrote that West Hollywood's intent to promote awareness of animal welfare by prohibiting fur sales was "legitimate."

King's opinion cited a brief filed by the Humane Society of the United States.

"West Hollywood is one of the nation's most animal-friendly cities -- a notion that's just incompatible with the inhumane treatment of fur-bearing animals," said Ralph Henry, deputy director of the society's Animal Protection Litigation Group.

"We applaud the court's decision to uphold the city's groundbreaking ordinance," he said. "The ruling makes clear that the Constitution does not prevent West Hollywood or any other city from using its lawmaking powers to protect animals by prohibiting the sale of cruelly-produced products."

The city's ban on fur apparel sales was approved in fall 2011, and went into effect two years later.

--City News Service

Woody McBreairty May 07, 2014 at 03:06 PM
This is good news. Many thanks to the 3 members of the City Council who made this happen, John D'Amico, John Duran & Jeffrey Prang. Time now to move on to other things.
Perry Miller May 07, 2014 at 10:13 PM
This is simply yet another "waste of time issue" for the city of W. Hollywood. No fur in So. CA, that's amazing!!! If they could spend this time setting up lighted pedestrian walkways along major streets in W. Hollywood I think we'd be better off than worrying about those very few fur products sold in W. Hollywood. Ridiculous!!!!
Jacquline Eightsixeightnine May 09, 2014 at 06:04 AM
this is brilliant ,it takes a forward leap in the stride for compassion and awareness towards other species, small steps like these are greatly important in the future of human kind and animal kind alike ,it shows forward thinking and offers promise and hope for all of us to live in a much better world ,many thanks ,,always move forward never go backwards
Walter Christian May 09, 2014 at 03:33 PM
This is, I am sure, step one. Step two will be to ban the sale of leather products...of course they will!! Step three will be to ban the sale of meat. Brave new world we live in...full of fools that want to enforce their believes on everybody else.


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