Only days after the city of West Hollywood enacted one of the nation's first bans on fur clothing, a local boutique called Mayfair House has filed suit in U.S. District Court.
The store essentially claims that the town has no right to ban new fur retailing because the product is derived from wild animals such as foxes, minks, beavers and coyotes, which are under the purview of state law.
In other words, the lawsuit, obtained by the Weekly, argues, …
… that the WeHo City Council has no business interfering with state rules. It says California has the “exclusive authority” …
… to enact legislation relating to the protection of wildlife, and that authority includes the power to pass laws regulating the market for products of wildlife.
Sounds persuasive to us.
As we noted previously, the law is just another attempt to generate headlines by city officials.
There are no furriers in town that we could find, although Mayfair House does appear to sell fur-adorned coats alongside other clothing.
WeHo claims the ordinance was well-vetted and that it anticipated this kind of litigation.
The store's attorneys also argue that the city's ordinance conflicts with state law and that California rules take precedence.
Oh, and one more argument: The WeHo law violates the retailer's “due process,” the filing claims, depriving it of the ability to seek justice because, “among other things,” the city's definition of fur is vague.
We hope the cost of fighting this on the public's dime was worth the headlines for West Hollywood leaders.