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The ordinance, initially passed in November 2011, makes West
The ban has many loopholes for fur fans. The ordinance applies only to fur ”˜wearing apparel’ products. The city defines ”˜wearing apparel’ as “any articles of clothing or covering for any part of the body,” which would include shoes, jackets, gloves, and hats. Accessories, such as purses, jewelry and rugs, and furniture made of fur are not considered wearing apparel and are therefore not banned under the ordinance.
Residents can still purchase fur products outside of WeHo and bring it back to the city for personal use, like wearing the item or giving it as a gift. The ordinance does not apply to pawn shops, non-profit organizations or taxidermists.
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According to the World Society for the Protection of Animals, 85 percent of fur products in the world are from fur farms, where animals are raised in captivity and killed solely for their fur. The
Violators of the ordinance must pay a $250 fee, $450 for a second offense and $850 for a third offense committed within a 12-month period. Violators who commit more than three offenses within a year will be charged with an infraction or misdemeanor.
Skeptics of WeHo’s new fur-free zone claim the ban contradicts the city’s reputation as a high-fashion shopping destination. Opponents find the ban ambiguously worded and unfair to luxury fashion shops that profit from the sell of fur items.
High-end boutiques, like Kitson, may protest the ordinance by displaying fur items in their stores. The Fur Ban does not outlaw the display of fur products, and retailers like Kitson can direct customers to purchase the fur products at their locations right outside the
Fur Information Council of America (FICA), the nation’s largest fur trade association is headquartered in
Of the 257 relevant apparel businesses, only 27 businesses (11 percent) participated in the survey—a sample size too small for significant findings, according to the October 2012 report.
Nevertheless, KMA found many businesses chose not to participate in the survey because they believed the ordinance would not affect them. Sixteen of the 27 participating businesses indicated the ban would negatively affect their business. The report estimated the sales tax revenue generated by the sale of fur apparel products from those 16 businesses totaled $28,000. This amount accounts for about .03 percent of the total sales tax revenue generated by retail and food service establishments in
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