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Economic impact of WeHo's fur ban: Pshaw! [Ted Rall cartoon]

West Hollywood tentatively approved an ordinance on Sept. 20 that bans retailers from selling fur. Final approval is contingent on when the ban should start and whether it should extend to vintage clothing.

While animal welfare activists are thrilled -- it's another victory to add to their list that also includes a ban on cosmetic testing on animals -- opponents are asking: What about the retailers who depend on the income from their shops? Why not let the marketplace decide with supply and demand? Surely if people aren't buying fur, those stores will stop carrying those items.

Cartoonist Ted Rall has little sympathy for the opponents and is least of all concerned about the economic impact the ordinance would have on the city. Here's his take:


[For the record: San Vicente Boulevard was misspelled as San Vincente.]


Dog day peace in a South L.A. park

Microchipping pets to save their lives

Dogfighting video game deserves to die

-- Alexandra Le Tellier

Cartoon by Ted Rall / For The Times


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