Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
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Criminalizing the fur trade

Ron SteffeThe residents of West Hollywood, California rejoiced recently when their City Council passed a law prohibiting the retail sale of fur products, which included shoes, hats and gloves made with any sort of animal fur.

West Hollywood, which calls itself the humane capital of the United States, is the only place in this country where retailers will face fines and possible criminal charges by the Code Compliance Department if caught selling fur goods.

This place where "forward thinking" residents have also enacted past laws that make it illegal for the declawing of any cat, plus restrictions on the caging of chickens, has announced it intends to celebrate the fur ban victory with a huge "vegetarian party."

How special.
The town, of course, is located in progressive California, a state where its legislature recently passed a bill to place a ban on all traditional lead ammunition used for hunting. That bill now sits on the governor’s desk awaiting his signature.

I’m curious to know how aggressive the populace of West Hollywood and their governing body are toward the elimination of child and adult hunger within their city limits, or if the homeless face strict enforcement of laws that force abolition of their presence.

It will certainly be a tough sell for the townsfolk of West Hollywood to extend their new law beyond their home. Fur is warm, and in many places, such as Russia, where the people live through winters that California residents could not survive, they would merely say “Nyte spaseeba.”

In my home state, a place where fur trapping is not as intense as it was in my youth, there is no denying fur-bearing animals have experienced a population growth. But that growth has also increased rabies and highway deaths.

I do not have to drive far to see many and constant splatters of raccoons, possums, skunks and foxes on or beside local highways, all deaths under horrible conditions.

I wonder if the people of the humane capital ever considered this consequence. If they continue on their current course, they surely will.

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