SoCal city institutes nation’s first fur ban

by The Associated Press
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WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) – West Hollywood is now the only city in America where it’s a crime to sell fur apparel.

The Los Angeles Times reports that after years of debate, the ban took effect Saturday.

It only applies to apparel that’s made to be worn, such as shoes, hats and gloves. Ugg boots can’t be sold because they contain shearling, a sheepskin or lambskin pelt that’s had limited shearing.

The city calls itself a cruelty-free zone for animals and is famous for animal-friendly laws.

But the fur ban is rubbing some retailers the wrong way. They say it runs counter to the city’s claim of being a West Coast fashion capital.

A retailer caught selling fur can be charged with a misdemeanor if it receives more than three citations within a year.

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