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Fury over fur ban in West Hollywood

On November 21, an ordinance was passed banning fur in West Hollywood, effective September 2013.

Fury over fur ban in West Hollywood

Trina Turk Braden Faux Fur Hooded Vest, $298 at Per Lei.
Trina Turk Braden Faux Fur Hooded Vest, $298 at Per Lei. MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer

On November 21, an ordinance was passed banning fur in West Hollywood, effective September 2013.

The ban is the first of its kind in the nation, and it may be a precursor to similar laws implemented throughout the country in the imminent future. However, not all of the hip fashion types in Hollywood are happy.

In fact, according to the NYT, the swanky store-owners- whose high-end fashion boutiques align sunny Melrose Avenue- have a few political statements to make of their own. How are they protesting the fur ban? Simply, by sprawling fur all across their front windows: From fur chubbies to furry boots and scarves.

Yes. The high fashion row of Melrose Ave is screaming, fury over fur. Or the loss of it, which includes fur from raccoons, rabbits, beavers, chinchillas, coyotes, foxes, minks, and more. However, the sentiment over the ban varies among residents, ranging from "super annoying" to "fantastic."

Although several noted fashion figures (including American designer Ralph Lauren) have eliminated the use of fur within their collections, many high-end European labels continue to use the material. For centuries, fur has been associated with luxury, and continues to remain a coveted product in department stores like Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus, which houses fur bars.

The "fur is luxury" mentality and its profitability will likely lead to continual protests from boutique owners in Hollywood, especially since the material remains coveted throughout various pockets of Southern California. So outraged are these owners that they are even threatening to take their boutiques, elsewhere.

However, animal-rights related causes in West Hollywood are common, and organizations like PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) are known to recruit (and target) Hollywood's elite. Celebrities like Khloe Kardashian have opted to shed their clothes for PETA campaigns. A spokeswoman for PETA told the Times, “I think West Hollywood is setting a tremendous example for other cities to follow.”

Meanwhile, in 2013, the elite fashion row of Melrose Ave. will have to cope and comply with the law. One solution: They could sell synthetic fur chubbies, like the one I'm wearing today, that are created without inflicting cruel pain and torture upon animals.

Your thoughts? Do you foresee other cities throughout the country implementing similar bans? Will Philly EVER catch on to the faux-fur trend?

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