If ever there was a city that could be called an “HSUS Model City,” West Hollywood, California would be it.
It all began back in 1989, when West Hollywood’s City Council created a resolution declaring the city to be a “cruelty-free zone for animals.” Since then, the city has adopted several animal rights policies. They’ve banned cosmetic testing on animals, eliminated the use of steel traps, outlawed cat-declawing, and halted the sale of fur. Currently, public officials are reviewing a proposed ban on the use of animals for entertainment (i.e. circuses and zoos.)
Two years ago, West Hollywood city officials took it upon themselves to regulate trade and commerce (the constitutional duty of California’s state government), enacting a ban on the sale of fur for apparel. The ban took effect earlier this week.
Mayfair House, a West Hollywood retail shop, filed a 5-count complaint claiming the ban violates the California state constitution and the U.S. Constitution.
“It is crystal clear that California’s constitution grants the state Legislature the only authority to enact legislation relating to the protection of wildlife, including the exclusive power to pass laws regulating the market for products of wildlife, such as fur,” Michael O’Connor, MayFair House Attorney, LA Times 9/26/2013
West Hollywood’s fur ban is the nation’s first ever ban on the sale of fur apparel.
Johanna Judah, Mayfair House store owner, stated that the ban,
“…was passed by city councilmen who have the political support of national animal rights activist groups who wish to impose their will over others despite the unconstitutional nature of the ordinance.”
The decision should be left in the hands of the consumer to decide whether or not they want to wear fur, not government mandates and over-regulation fueled by the agenda of radical animal rights organizations.
This ban is another example of animal rights groups working to restrict consumer freedom by starting small. They’ll lead you to believe that once a ban is in place they’ll be satisfied, but that’s hardly the case as history has shown. These radical groups will continue working to create laws and regulations that seemingly affect a few, inching toward their ultimate goal of eliminating the use of animals for food, clothing, and entertainment at both the state and federal levels.
Don’t get lulled into a false sense of security, assuming that you fall outside the reach of these groups. West Hollywood may be a long way from the heartland of America, but their message and influence is spreading far and wide. If we fail to stand up and defend freedom and common sense, we may one day be sharing the rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” with every animal that crosses our path.