The city of glitz and glamour will soon have to say goodbye to animal fur products for good.
Los Angeles will be among three other California cities, including San Francisco, to ban the sale of new fur products.
This includes items like clothing, handbags, jewelry, keychains, hats, and earmuffs.
The City Council voted unanimously to direct the city attorney to draft legislation, which will be presented to the council at a future date for final approval.
It would take at least a couple years after the final go-ahead until the ban takes full effect.
"A Moral Win"
“This is something that is not just a good legislative win, it’s a moral win,” councillor Bob Blumenfield, who was one of the councilmen who submitted the motion, told the Los Angeles Times.
“We feel like we’re evolving as a city, as people to stop this kind of unnecessary cruelty.”
Although new fur products will be phased out by 2020, the council is considering an exemption for animal fur used for religious purposes and pelts legally taken by someone with a California fur-trapping license.
Los Angeles, which features the world's most fashion centers, is being applauded by many of its own citizens and people around the globe for saying no to animal cruelty.
While the sale of animal fur will be banned in the bustling city, it doesn't mean people can't purchase their expensive attire elsewhere.
Many are hoping that Los Angeles will set an example for the rest of the world, and other major fashion hubs, like New York City, Chicago, and Miami.
“If consumers weren’t buying it, fashion houses wouldn’t be designing it, and manufacturers wouldn’t be making it,” Keith Kaplan, a spokesman for the Fur Information Council of America, said.
There's a lot of support behind the ban, but not everyone will be on board with the final decision...
Animal fur is a multi-billion dollar industry, which employs more than one million people, according to latest figures available from the industry.
As a major fur retailer, L.A. is expected to take a big economic hit.
"There's a lot of fur sold in LA. It's in over 500 designer collections, it's on shoes, it's on handbags," Kaplan said. "So yes, it will have an impact on jobs, it will have an impact on tax revenues."
All that being said, what's your opinion?
[H/T: Fox News / Los Angeles Times]