Fancy L.A. ladies looking to add some baby seal to theirfall collections, or hipsters sniffing out their own clip-on foxtail in the Burning Man/Wiz Khalifa tradition, can’t hunt their prey in West Hollywood anymore.
The city tentatively approved an ordinance last night that will halt all sales of fur beginning June 30, 2012.
Mayor John Duran made it clear that some wording in the ordinance would have to be cleared up during the next couple City Council meetings:
Councilmembers still need to decide whether selling vintage fur at consignment shops or yard sales should be banned as well (though the overwhelming sentiment among them last night was that no, it should not), and Councilwoman Abbe Land thought it very important to consult the West Hollywood business community on how, and when, this can realistically be implemented.
“Would it be acceptable for us to approve this in concept?” asked Councilman John Heilman. And that’s just what they did, 5-0, to a bleary-eyed yet overjoyed crowd at 1:30 a.m.
By 4 a.m., fur-ban advocates were still celebrating. The campaign’s PR guy, Gary Smith, sent us this victorious email:
“After a seven-hour meeting, and lots of public comment, the council voted unanimously (5-0) to move forward. There are a few details they want to settle in advance of the next meeting, such as the date of implementation and civil penalties, but it’s just what the Fur Free West Hollywood campaign wanted.”
The fur ban’s most ardent supporter was Councilman John D’Amico, the newest face at City Hall. It was his most highly publicized campaign promise – one that likely gave him the edge in a competitive pool of candidates last March.
“This item is not about what to wear,” he said last night. “It’s about how we live now.”