Posted by on April 6, 2017 4:25 am
Categories: Oakland + East Bay


(BANT) – The Berkeley City Council passed an ordinance this week that bans the local sale of clothing items made from animal fur.

The ordinance, sponsored by Councilman Kriss Worthington, was spearheaded by the Berkeley Coalition for Animals and approved by the City Council on Tuesday night, making Berkeley the second city in the nation to prohibit fur sales.

West Hollywood passed a similar ban in 2013 that has survived a legal challenge from several luxury retailers, according to the Berkeley Coalition for Animals.

Coalition members said animal advocates support the ordinance because they want Berkeley to refuse to participate in the exploitation and slaughter of animals.

“To protect these innocent animals, we need to curtail the demand for their fur,” coalition founding member Amy Halpern-Laff said in a statement.

“We applaud the council’s leadership in helping to end this cruel industry,” Halpern-Laff said.

Berkeley Coalition for Animals founding member Jay Quigley said in a statement, “The millions of poor foxes, rabbits, minks and other animals who are bred for their fur typically spend their entire lives in cages barely
bigger than their bodies. Then they’re slaughtered by gassing, neck-breaking or electrocution.”

Quigley said, “This brutal industry is radically inconsistent with Berkeley’s values.”

Earlier this month, animal advocates marched through Berkeley and staged a rally at Sproul Plaza at the University of California at Berkeley to support the fur ban.

The march and rally were organized by Direct Action Everywhere, a global grassroots network of animal rights activists.

5 responses to Berkeley Becomes Second U.S. City To Ban Animal Fur Clothing

  1. Dr. Jellyfinger April 6th, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    Berkeley is a college town …
    What about all the kids who want to wear their raccoon coats and tie fox tails to the antennae on the old jalopy?
    No fur? Not very 23 skidoo is it?!

  2. Anonymous April 6th, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    I think any new production of animal fur clothing should be completely illegal in the US.

    However, I love & appreciate my beautiful vintage coats – not only for their warmth, but also for their quality & history; it would be a shame if second-hand/antique stores could no longer sell fur.

    My idea is to have an “authentification” process – similar to how baseball cards are graded for value – so that anyone selling an article of fur would need to register the garment, or have it inspected, to confirm it was produced before a certain date.

    Sure, it might not be 100% effective, but if companies could no longer kill any more animals for fur, I bet most women would be morally opposed to buying fur from a retailer who couldn’t prove it was made from animals killed pre-ban.

  3. TIFOKCIS April 7th, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Ugly man-girl-boy Liberals wearing foxy furs……………yeah okay, ban animal furs in a city where burlap and unshaven arm pits are the fashion rage.

  4. Magnetic April 8th, 2017 at 6:00 am

    “Only whores wear fur.” PETA

  5. HeroOfTime April 10th, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Is Berkeley a booming fur market or something? Sounds like a solutions without a problem to me.