Judge Upholds West Hollywood Law Banning Fur Sales

In What's New, Industry News by Jeff Prine

Mayfair House in West Hollywood, Calif.

Mayfair House in West Hollywood, Calif.

West Hollywood, CA—A U.S. district court judge this week upheld a law banning fur sales in West Hollywood—apparently the first such law in the country—saying it doesn’t discriminate against retailers.

After the city’s law went into effect last year, Mayfair House Inc., a high-end retailer of apparel and accessories, sued to block the ordinance saying it was unconstitutional.

In rejecting claims that the ban was unconstitutional, U.S. District Judge George H. King wrote that West Hollywood’s intent to promote awareness of animal welfare by prohibiting fur sales was “legitimate.”

King said that the ban doesn’t discriminate against retailers of new clothing by allowing sales of used fur by private parties and second-hand stores as well as sales of handbags and furniture with fur.

“That the city did not choose to completely ban the sale of fur does not interfere with its goal of promoting the humane treatment of animals,” the judge said. “The city is free to make incremental change, rather than adopt an entire ban on the sale of fur at once.”

The Humane Society of the United States submitted a friend-of-the-court filing in support of the city’s request to dismiss the lawsuit.


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