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“Silly” is not the word I wanted to use to describe the action taken at first reading of the West Hollywood City Council on Tuesday.

It is a ordinance, a real law, that bans the sale of fur items in the city.  Of course this insane law was opposed by the business community to no avail:

At Monday night’s hearing several shop owners said the idea would hurt business so much they would be inclined to leave. The West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the board of the Avenues: Art, Fashion and Design district both oppose the ordinance. And local resident Keith Kaplan, executive director of the Fur Information Council of America told the Los Angeles Times he doesn’t think the council spent enough time determining the economic impact of the law.

Nothing stands in the way of a good cause! Pierre Grzybowski of the Humane Society of the United States’ Fur Free Campaign (this is why people should not be fooled to give money to the Humane Society of the United States, it’s NOT your local rescue shelter but rather a radical aminal-rights organization!  Here’s their attack site on the sensible Center for Consumer Freedom.)

“If people are urged to think about the issue clearly and honestly, they realize there is no real argument against this,” says Grzybowski. “They realize that if their own pets were treated this way, the perpetrator would be put in jail. And their mind is made up.”

Well, I am raising an argument against this and my mind is MADE UP!  You do not punish individual choice like this in such as high-handed manner.  It would be a shame if people in West Hollywood lost their jobs because of this silly ordinance.  Maybe the Humane Society of the United States will look after them and make their welfare part of the next fundraising campaign.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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