Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy

Latest Episodes

Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy
Marketplace Morning Report
Download
HTML Embed
HTML EMBED
Click to Copy

Faux fur: The only fur in West Hollywood

Adriene Hill Sep 23, 2013
Share Now on:
HTML EMBED:
COPY

West Hollywood, California, has just put into place one of the first bans on fur sales in the country. 

But it isn’t likely to stop that many people from buying a new fur coat. Even supporters will tell you that. 

“I do think this is mostly a symbolic ordinance, given how tiny our city is and the small number of businesses affected,” says West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tempore John D’Amico, “But clearly, its reach and the discussion about it, that’s the effect we hoped it would have and it has been having.”

Many animal rights activists see it as a victory. Others, like Rutgers law professor Gary Francione, think symbolic bans like this are a distraction.

“It’s not really changing things and it’s not going to change them. West Hollywood can do whatever it wants to do,” he says.

Francione says these sorts of splashy bans can help groups raise money. But he thinks they aren’t all that helpful in getting people to think seriously about the welfare of animals — like the one they’re having for dinner.  

Fall of the Berlin Wall
Fall of the Berlin Wall
The financial lessons of Germany's reunification 30 years ago.  
Check Your Balance ™️
Check Your Balance ™️
Personal finance from Marketplace. Where the economy, your personal life and money meet.
How We Survive
How We Survive
Climate change is here. Experts say we need to adapt. This series explores the role of technology in helping humanity weather the changes ahead.