A proposed ordinance that would make Los Angeles the largest city in America to ban the sale and manufacturing of nearly all fur products is set to be considered by a Los Angeles City Council Committee today.
The ordinance, which would ban fur sales and manufacturing with a few exceptions, was proposed by Councilmen Paul Koretz and Bob Blumenfield "Los Angeles is one of the fashion capitals of the world, and if we can do it here, we can do it anywhere and hopefully we will be an example for the rest of the country and the rest of the world," Koretz said at a news conference outside of Los Angeles City Hall last year.
"We're not blazing a new trail here -- San Francisco's done it, West Hollywood's done it, but never a city of our size, so we hope that New York City and Chicago and Miami are all watching," Koretz said.
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The ordinance would include some exemptions, including furs of animals trapped by California Fish and Game license holders; the pelt of a deceased animal that is preserved through taxidermy or for the purpose of taxidermy; the gift or transfer of a used fur product between private parties; a used fur product bought, sold, donated or owned by a person not in the primary business of selling fur or a fur product, including a nonprofit organization, secondhand store, or pawn shop; the manufacture of a fur product using fur sourced exclusively from a used fur product; and a fur or fur product that is only being transported through the city.
It was not clear what economic impact such a ban could have on the city.
A report from the Office of the Chief Legislative Analyst said the city does not keep track of fur sales specifically.
In March, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to make the city the largest in the nation to ban the sale and manufacturing of fur.
The ban takes effect Jan. 1 but allows furriers and other retailers to sell current inventory until Jan. 1, 2020. The L.A. ban would start Jan. 1, 2021.
The Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee is scheduled to consider the ordinance at its afternoon meeting.