Animal Defenders International


Animal Defenders International

Los Angeles City Council votes to ban fur!

Posted: 21 September 2018. Updated: 12 February 2019


In a historic move, the Los Angeles City Council voted 13-1 today, February 12th, to ban the sale and manufacture of fur products in LA from 2021!

A huge thank you to Councilmember Bob Blumenfield, Councilmember Paul Koretz, and Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell for leading Los Angeles to this humane decision. The city will join West Hollywood, Berkeley, and San Francisco with similar bans.


On February 6th, the PAW Committee (Personnel and Animal Welfare Committee) considered the proposed draft and voted 2-1 in favor.

Animal Defenders International (ADI) thanks the Los Angeles City Council for unanimously voting in favor of plans to ban the manufacture and sale of fur products in the city of Los Angeles. The successful motion on Tuesday, September 18 from Councilmembers Bob Blumenfield, Paul Koretz, and Mitch O’Farrell paves the way for a ban from January 2020. A draft ordinance will now be prepared and voted on at a future council meeting.
The move signals a growing trend to outlaw the trade in fur in California – West Hollywood, Berkeley, and San Francisco already have such bans in place – and around the world. A growing number of designers are also saying no to fur including global brands such as Michael Kors, Versace, Gucci, and most recently Burberry and Diane Von Furstenberg. At London Fashion Week last week, no designer used fur in their collections for the first time.
Animal Defenders International President Jan Creamer said: “Over 125 million animals die for their fur every year, mostly on factory farms where they suffer extreme confinement, chronic deprivation and a painful death. This is the real cost of fur and ADI is thankful to the LA City Council for taking action to end this cruel trade.”
Addressing the council meeting yesterday, Paul Koretz said: “We have to set an example for the rest of the world and we have to do it today. We can hopefully become the most humane city in the country.”
Worldwide every year more than 110 million animals are killed on fur farms, with more than 16 million trapped in the wild for their fur. ADI investigations of fur farms in Poland and Finland – and previously the UK, which has banned fur farming but remains a major dealer importing and exporting fur – reveal a cruel industry built on an image of beauty and luxury.
In Poland, ADI documented foxes with bent feet and overgrown claws, the result of a lifetime stood on a floor of wire mesh; individuals who suffered tail loss, caused by chewing due to stress; an animal with a weeping eye, swollen with pus, that was left untreated; young foxes attempting to play but restricted by the confines of their cage; animals chewing and pawing at their cages in a desire to escape and to express natural digging behaviors.
The ADI footage demolishes fur industry claims that killing on fur farms is quick, efficient, and humane. One of a number of botched killings, ADI documented a fox who was electrocuted and tossed seemingly lifeless onto a cart. The fox begins to stir and then slips off the cart but is recaptured and subsequently killed by the farmer. Electrocution is the fur industry standard for killing foxes, the website of a coalition from the Fur industry of America and Canada, entitled “The Truth About Fur” boldly, claiming “100% of the animals are dead within 10 seconds.”

If you live in Los Angeles, please thank your council members and ask them to continue to support item No. 18-0538.

Find out more about how you can help stop the fur trade wherever you live: here.

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