Mary Cummins of Animal Advocates speaks for fur ban in West Hollywood, California

Here is my speech.

“I’m Mary Cummins President of Animal Advocates. Animal Advocates rescues ill, injured and orphaned wildlife for release back to the wild. We rescue bobcats, coyotes, foxes and raccoons right here in West Hollywood. These are the same animals which are used to make fur coats and hats. I personally have a unreleasable skunk and raccoon that I use to educate the public. My skunk runs free in the house playing with my cats and bunnies. He’s litter box trained. Having been around these animals for over 30 years I can assure you they feel pain and sadness just like our pet cats and dogs. It’s illegal to sell cat and dog fur in the US because it’s been deemed inhumane. It should also be illegal to sell the fur of wild animals for the same reason. An animal is an animal, a living breathing being. Let West Hollywood show the rest of the nation how to truly be humane to animals. Please, ban the sale of fur in West Hollywood. Thank you.”

The story was picked up by lots of media outlets. Here are a few.

http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/WeHo-Fur-Ban-1-Step-Closer-130180158.html

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/09/west-hollywood-tentatively-approves-fur-ban.html

http://www.dailybreeze.com/news/ci_18936232

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/west-hollywood-moves-toward-ban-on-fur-sales/2011/09/20/gIQA8pA7hK_story.html

http://wehonews.com/z/wehonews/archive/page.php?articleID=6495

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/09/20/west-hollywood-moves-toward-ban-on-fur-sales/

http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/local/los_angeles&id=8360921

http://laist.com/2011/09/20/if_fur_trim_and_fur.php

http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2011/09/west_hollywood_fur_ban.php

http://www.ktla.com/news/landing/ktla-west-hollywood-fur-ban,0,3269165.story

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About Mary Cummins Animal Advocates Real Estate Appraiser

Mary Cummins is President of Animal Advocates. She is licensed with the California Department of Fish & Game, USDA and the City of Los Angeles to rescue and rehabilitate wildlife. Cummins speaks to local community groups and students about respecting wildlife and humane wildlife control. She is also a Humane Nuisance Wildlife Control Operator. She has written manuals on small mammal rehabilitation besides numerous articles. She was born and raised in Southern California. She attended Beverly Hills Good Shepherd Catholic School and Beverly Hills High School. Besides being a member of Junior Mensa and on the Dean's list, she was a top ten national swimmer and competed on the men's water polo team. She began college at the age of 15 attending the University of Southern California on scholarship, majoring in Psychology/Sociology. After college Cummins became a licensed real estate agent specializing in income property in Los Angeles. She obtained her real estate appraisal license, real estate brokerage license and currently does real estate consulting, expert witness testimony and review appraisals at Cummins Real Estate Services.
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