West Hollywood Bans Sale of Fur

Anna Wintour and Mary-Kate Olsen may have to rethink their wardrobes the next time they travel to West Hollywood, because the city has formally banned the sale of fur apparel, making it the first in the U.S. to do so. The city council recently approved this groundbreaking legislation in a unanimous 5-0 vote, proving the success of WeHo’s Fur Free West Hollywood campaign, which they hope to expand to other cities. While the start date of the ban has yet to be determined, high-end stores like Maxfield on Melrose have already voluntarily removed fur from their outposts.

This isn’t West Hollywood’s first foray into animal rights awareness; back in 1989 the city was deemed a “cruelty-free zone for animals,” banning a number of practices such as the declawing of cats and cosmetic testing on animals.

As proven by a number of designers, including Halston and Michael Kors, chic faux fur is totally achievable, so you’re not losing anything here but a guilty conscience.

The questions is, will other cities follow suit?

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