Room for Debate: If You Ban Fur, Should You Ban Leather?

Last Tuesday the City Council of West Hollywood, California, unanimously approved an ordinance to ban the sale of fur apparel. It's the first such ban in the nation, and a final vote will take place in October to determine if the measure becomes law. In response, The New York Times opened up a debate around the issue, questioning whether or not it's hypocritical to ban sales of fur, but not sales of leather and hides...

What do you think? Do you use leather products, but not fur? Or vice versa? Do you buy both or neither? Or does it all depend on how they're produced? Should there be a ban? Read the arguments on both sides, and then come back and tell us what you think.

(Also, for a spirited debate on whether or not you'd ever have an animal hide in your home, see this post from March.)

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