WEST HOLLYWOOD – A federal court has upheld the city’s decision of the municipal prohibition of selling animal fur in the region on May 6.


Mayfair House Inc., a retailer that sells high-end fur items in the city, sued the city in 2013, hoping to block the ordinance ban, but Judge George H. King dismissed the lawsuit.


King stated that the city’s attempts to “promote community awareness of animal welfare, [will] foster the city’s goal to be a community that cares about animal welfare, and further the city’s reputation as a Cruelty-Free Zone for animals.”


King’s decision to support the ban of fur sales has been praised by the Humane Society of the United States deputy director Ralph Henry.


“West Hollywood is one of the nation’s most animal-friendly cities – a notion that’s just incompatible with the inhumane treatment of fur-bearing animals. We applaud the Court’s decision to uphold the City’s groundbreaking ordinance. The ruling makes clear that the Constitution does not prevent West Hollywood or any other city from using its lawmaking powers to protect animals by prohibiting the sale of cruelly-produced products,” said Henry.