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Opponents of the West Hollywood fur ban, which was officially voted into action in November of last year and will go into effect next year, have for the most part grumbled anonymously. Shop owners are afraid of the repercussions of speaking out or of appearing to endorse the sometimes cruel practices of the fur industry. But as LA Weekly reports, there are many behind the scenes who are very interested in overturning the ban.
The publication goes in-dept today with a piece about Beverly Hills activist Ellen Lavinthal, who helped move the wheels of legislation to get the ban passed, councilman John D'Amico, who made it his mission after being elected in March 2011, and their detractors. It's an interesting read, and not just because of the amount of sniping from both sides. One WeHo store owner criticizes D'Amico's style, describing him as "a little sloppy;" Lavinthal says of former WeHo store owner and and chairman of a WeHo business improvement district Darren Gold, '"[he] said a lot of things and it was very hard for me not to want to punch him in the face. Some people were lying." Fur! Fashion! Sassy West Hollywood designers and well-preserved Beverly Hills society folks! Fight! Fight! Fight!
· West Hollywood's New Fur Ban Could Be a Model for the Nation. But Opponents Are Still Trying to Strike It Down [LA Weekly]
· West Hollywood Officially Bans the Sale of Fur [Racked]