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WeHo Mayor John D’Amico Addresses Rodeo Drive Anti-Fur Demonstration

Sat, Nov 29, 2014   By Staff    9 Comments

The “bloodiest street in America”? Would that be Canfield Drive in Ferguson, Missouri, where the shooting of Michael Brown by a police officer has sparked nationwide protests? Would it be Halsted Street in Chicago’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood, which various services rank as the country’s most dangerous? Well, if you were in Beverly Hills on Friday you’d hear a group of animal rights activists declare that that dubious distinction belonged to Rodeo Drive.

The group marched down Rodeo Drive, one of the nation’s best known and most exclusive shopping districts, for a “fur free Friday” demonstration. It was staged on what’s known as “Black Friday,” the day after Thanksgiving when holiday sales usually move even struggling retailers into the black. The demonstration was captured by a participant in the video posted above.

West Hollywood Mayor John D’Amico addressed the group. D’Amico put forth what became the nation’s first city fur ban, approved by the City Council in 2011 when it passed a law making it “unlawful for anyone to sell, import, export, trade or distribute’ any new clothing product made wholly or partly of animal fur by any means anywhere in the city on or after Sept. 21, 2013.”

That law has been challenged by Mayfair House, a West Hollywood retailer, which received a citation for selling uggs. Uggs are a sheepskin boot made of twin-faced sheepskin with fleece on the inside and a tanned outer surface. Animal rights activists have condemned uggs, arguing that their manufacture requires the otherwise unwarranted death of sheep. But others point out that uggs actually are a by-product of processing sheep for human consumption, much like the leather that is a by-product of the harvesting of cattle for beef.

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9 Comments

  1. ambiguousbodyworkThu, Dec 04, 2014 at 9:43 pm

    He’s a nice guy but not qualified for such a position. He got voted in because people looked past his resume, lack of experience….They just plain did not care. They liked him and that was enough.

  2. Randy MatthewsThu, Dec 04, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Just because they haven’t gone after the businesses in the PDC does not make D’Amico a hypocrite, and doesn’t mean this isn’t a step in the right direction. I do not condone the use of fur for either, but I will say it probably makes sense to target clothing first, as people tend to hang on to furniture longer, and collect less of it than apparel.

  3. Bernadette ParinelloMon, Dec 01, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    but why doesn’t ANYBODY focus on the enormous quantities of fur that is being sold at the PDC, by all the interior designers – fur rugs, fur pillows, accessories, TONS OF FUR yet they all get to keep selling….

  4. al smithMon, Dec 01, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    I love fur..

  5. ambiguousbodyworkSun, Nov 30, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    They do make for lush coats, warm and expensive! That being said, I love animals and hate that they are killed to get the fur.

  6. Kimberly M.Sun, Nov 30, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Thank you for covering this story. It is crucial to remove this cruel trade from our fashion stores.

  7. buckleupbuttercupSun, Nov 30, 2014 at 7:27 am

    Comparing it to Ferguson is so incredibly inappropriate and insensitive. But let me help you with some facts. There are 300 fur farms in the United States. Wisconsin. In 2011 over 3 million mink were killed for their pelts in the U.S, all in the name of fashion. In Wisconsin, farmers killed and skinned 1,050,580 mink, while Utah murdered 698,960, up 9% from 2010. Rodeo Drive has at least 20 stores selling fur. Accounting for the fact that animals are also trapped for their fur so remain uncounted the true number is unknown. Animals are gassed, caught in leg hold steel jaw traps and anally electrocuted, have their necks snapped or are skinned alive. I think that if Rodeo Drive stores sell 100 pieces of fur per year, a modest amount, 2000 dead animals makes for a pretty bloody street. Neither leather or wool is a by-product of the meat industry. Leather mainly comes from India where cows have their throats cut with rusty blades to satisfy the publics desire for cheap leather. But lets not talk about the meat industry as if that is somehow ok then to have by-products of when it is contributing to 51% of green house gases and is one of the biggest polluters on this planet.

  8. Shelley WatkinsSun, Nov 30, 2014 at 7:20 am

    I participated in the fur protest because the fur industry is bloody and violent as animals are skinned alive, vaginally and anally electrocuted and put through misery up to that point. I would ask anyone reading this to go to YouTube and search cruel fur. It’s not easy to watch. And that is why each of these caring people came out on their day off work to speak out for these innocent animals. The welfare of sentient beings should always come before making a buck in a civilized society. There are other ways.

  9. Bernadette ParinelloSat, Nov 29, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Such an unimpressive hypocrite. D’Amico goes after retail stores but the tons of fur sold annually in the PDC by all the interior designers gets a pass. Do you think that all the campaign donations from Charles Cohen, the BILLIONAIRE owner of the PDC has any thing to do with this BS??

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