Ban on sale of fur clothes OK'd by Calif. city

Items such as this mink coat can no longer be sold in West, Hollywood, Calif. after the city council there approved what's thought to be nation's first ban on sale of fur clothes.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California -- The city of West Hollywood has voted to approve a local ordinance that's believed to be America's first ban on the sale of fur clothing.

Fur Free West Hollywood spokesman Scott Samson says Monday night's 3-1 City Council vote to approve the ordinance was the last step in banning sales of clothing made from the skin or pelt of animals with hair, wool or fur.

West Hollywood has long been known for its animal-friendly laws. It bans declawing of cats, and pets are formally recognized as "companions" while their owners are "guardians."

Samson says local businesses were consulted in the process of writing the fur ban law.