Land Area: Less than 2 square miles (about one thousandth of one percent of the state)
Population: 35,000 (less than one tenth of one percent of the state) Population ranks 220 out of 481 cities in the state.
Race: Predominately Caucasian
Language: Significant presence of Russian-speaking immigrants (13.6%)
Age of Residents: Mostly adult (half are 25 to 44); very few children; significant gay male population (40 percent or more)
Religion: About half the population is religious, with Catholic being the dominant affiliation.
Education: Well educated; almost all have a high school degree
Median Income: $52,000
Quality of Life: Almost all residents report satisfaction with their community and job.
Health: Notably low rates of adult obesity and chronic diseases, such as coronary heart disease. The city is experiencing a decreasing rate of AIDS diagnoses, after being ravaged by the disease since the 1980s.
Politics: First city in US with majority gay representation on its city council. 86% of residents voted against Prop 8. Is part of California’s 30th congressional district, which has a Cook Partisan Voting Index (PVI) of D+20. The city refers to pet “owners” as pet “guardians” in its municipal codes and outlaws the declawing of cats.
West Hollywood Municipal Code
9.51.020 Sale of fur products.
b. Prohibition. It shall be unlawful to sell, import, export, trade, or distribute any fur product by any means anywhere within the City of West Hollywood on or after September 21, 2013.
c. Exemption. This section shall not apply to the sale, importation, exportation, trade or distribution of:
1. Fur products by a non-profit organization; or
2. The pelt or skin of an animal that is preserved through taxidermy or for the purpose of taxidermy; or
3. Used fur products by a private party (excluding a retail transaction), nonprofit organization or second-hand store, including a pawn shop.
(Ord. 11-877 § 1, 2011)
United States Code
TITLE 19 / CHAPTER 4 / SUBTITLE II / Part I
§1308. Prohibition on importation of dog and cat fur products
(1) In general
It shall be unlawful for any person to-
(A) import into, or export from, the United States any dog or cat fur product; or
(B) introduce into interstate commerce, manufacture for introduction into interstate commerce, sell, trade, or advertise in interstate commerce, offer to sell, or transport or distribute in interstate commerce in the United States, any dog or cat fur product.
This subsection shall not apply to the importation, exportation, or transportation, for noncommercial purposes, of a personal pet that is deceased, including a pet preserved through taxidermy.