New York City is no stranger to instituting bans, from plastic bags and single-use foam products to indoor smoking and alcohol ads.

But none of those prohibitions has aroused such an emotional and fevered divide as the city's move to ban the sale of fur.

The proposal has brought out animal rights advocates, eager to see New York join Los Angeles and other cities that have passed similar bans. It has also encountered resistance from a diverse set of opponents, including from what may be unexpected quarters.

Black ministers have protested against the proposed ban on the steps of City

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