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No fur sales, no declawing cats, no puppy mill puppies in pet store....I love West Hollywood.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">WEST HOLLYWOOD (KABC) -- The city of West Hollywood has approved a ban on the sale of fur clothing. It's a big win for animal rights activists and the first ordinance of its kind in the U.S.<br>
"You've got to start banning cruelty, you've got to start banning horrors that are happening to these animals just for the name of vanity or profit," said Chris DeRose of Last Chance For Animals.<br>
Others aren't happy about the ban, saying it takes away freedom of choice.<br>
"It's a matter of choice. And in this case, it's a matter of a city sticking to the initial principles of the founding fathers of the city, and it's a matter of democratic process," said Keith Kaplan of Fur Information Council of America.<br>
Those who are against the ban said there will be a significant economic impact. The ban does not extend to leather products.<br>
The city council will meet again in two weeks to hammer out some details, including when the ban will go into effect and what the penalties would be if the ban is violated.<br>
West Hollywood has a longstanding reputation of being animal friendly. The city has already banned declawing of cats. It also prohibits pet stores from doing business with puppy mills.</div>
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Fantastic news! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/rockon.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":rockon:">
 

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This makes me happy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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yay!
 

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I want to move there now<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":love:">
 

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Some good news for a change <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>whisper</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2996879"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
No fur sales, no declawing cats, no puppy mill puppies in pet store....I love West Hollywood.<br></div>
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Fantastic news. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>Phoenix Days</strong> <a href="/forum/post/2997147"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
I want to move there now<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":love:"></div>
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Well, I love living in Santa Monica, but I can certainly drive over and spend money there. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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<a href="http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-west-hollywood-fur-ban,0,3269165.story" target="_blank">http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktl...,3269165.story</a>
 

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2 Polls regarding the issue:<br><br><a href="http://discuss.today.com/_news/2011/09/21/7877902-should-cities-ban-the-sale-of-fur" target="_blank">http://discuss.today.com/_news/2011/...he-sale-of-fur</a><br><br><a href="http://www.ktla.com/news/poll/ktla-poll-fur-sale-ban,0,6847076,post.poll" target="_blank">http://www.ktla.com/news/poll/ktla-p...7076,post.poll</a>
 

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This is big news! Just gotta keep an eye out to make sure the fur industry doesn't overturn the law (and they WILL try).
 

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There is already a thread on this subject, but because the OP included links to a couple of polls, I'm going to merge the two threads together.
 

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UPDATE: The final details are being hammered out and it looks like the ban is going into effect in 2013, instead of 2012 as planned<br><br><a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/10/us-fur-ban-california-idUSTRE7A909T20111110" target="_blank">http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/...7A909T20111110</a><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
<div class="quote-block">The five-member City Council of the tiny, tony municipality wedged between Beverly Hills and Hollywood voted 3-to-1 with one abstention to endorse the ordinance, which would take effect in 2013, said City Councilman John Heilman, who voted "no."<br>
The ban was tentatively adopted by the council on September 20 and had been expected to win easy enactment two weeks later. But it ran into stiff opposition from the local Chamber of Commerce and the fur industry, whose main trade group, the Fur Information Council of America, is based in West Hollywood.<br>
Ultimately, the city's famously left-leaning political establishment embraced the ban, won over by supporters' arguments that furs are produced from animals that are inhumanely killed for their pelts.<br>
The latest vote came shortly before 1 a.m., capping a contentious, hours-long debate.<br>
"We made history. We're the first place in the world, I believe, certainly the country, to take that step and ban fur," said Ed Buck, an organizer of the local group Fur Free WeHo.<br>
Opponents predicted dire consequences for local retailers. They said nearly half of the 200 apparel stores in town sell at least some fur items, and that merchandise made with animal pelts is estimated to account for up to $2 million in revenues for those businesses each year.<br>
"I am just so baffled by this. This is pure politics at its worst," said Keith Kaplan, executive director of the Fur Information Council.<br>
Contrary to the impression both sides initially gave that Tuesday's action was final, city officials corrected themselves on Wednesday to clarify that final adoption and enactment requires yet another vote, expected to occur in two weeks.</div>
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I'm worried this is such a contentious issue though, I don't really understand why. Shouldn't banning animal cruelty be a no-brainer? And why do they need to take ANOTHER vote? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/dizzy2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":dizzy:">
 
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