It doesn’t get very cold in L.A.. In fact, wearing a jacket is abnormal since it’s practically always above 70 degrees. That is why it’s so weird when you see people wearing fur. Clearly those people, in fur coats, are making a fashion statement, but very soon they’re going to have to acquire a new style, especially if they live in SoCal. Two years from now, Los Angeles will be pretty much fur free. In a landmark vote, the Los Angeles City Council has banned the sale and production of fur.
“This is L.A. taking a stand and saying we will no longer be complicit in the inhumane and vile fur trade that’s been going on for years,” Council member Bob Blumenfield, who introduced the motion, said according to The New York Times. “There is no necessity to wear fur,” he added.
It’s a huge win for animal rights activists who’ve been working on securing these kinds of measures. In a statement about this vote PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said: “PETA is popping the champagne corks today ,” and added that the vote against fur production will spare “countless animals the horror of being beaten, electrocuted, and skinned alive for environmentally toxic products that kind shoppers don’t want and top designers won’t use. When Los Angeles speaks, the world listens, and it’s now the largest and most notable city to tell the world that fur is dead.”
The news isn’t good for everyone, especially those in the business of selling the luxury item.
Salesman Harry Naim who owns Furs by La Fayette said he is very angry about what will ultimately put him out of business.
“We have been in business for 30 years and suddenly some stupid people decided to ban it,” Naim told The New York Times. “I don’t think this bothers anyone. Why do they want to kill the business I’ve built?”
Earlier this year, San Francisco voted to ban the sale and production of fur as well. We wonder what city will be next.