West Hollywood city council candidate John D'Amico recently announced his intention to ban the sale of fur within city limits, which would make WeHo the first city in the United States to ban fur. The animal welfare community has come out strong in support of the fur ban and since initial campaign rallies, other candidates have come on board, showing that the issue has much broader political appeal than previously thought.
"West Hollywood has the opportunity to once again be a leader for animal welfare by becoming the first fur-free city in the nation," said D'Amico. "We have pledged to be a place that is free of cruelty to animals and we can no longer support the barbaric fur trade by selling the products of that cruelty in our city." In 1989, West Hollywood passed Resolution Number 558 proclaiming the city a "Cruelty Free Zone for Animals." The city has already passed a historic ban on declawing cats, and banned the sale of dogs and cats within city limits.
"Sometimes we have to get into the political arena to make change,” said Ed Buck, a WeHo resident and one of the Fur Free West Hollywood campaign organizers. "If you want humane laws, you have to elect humane lawmakers." Citywide elections will be held March 8. furfreeweho.com