BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) _ Voters in this city of the well-heeled and the well-dressed decided Tuesday whether to require that all furs for sale carry a tag listing the gruesome ways in which the animal may have been killed.

It would be the first such ordinance in the nation.

The credit card-sized tags for furs costing more than $50 would carry warnings that the animals may have been electrocuted, gassed, poisoned, clubbed, stomped, drowned or snagged by steel-jawed traps.

Sellers would be fined $100 per item for violating the law.

The measure was the only issue on the ballot. The price tag for the special election was $60,000.

``It's a terrible waste of money,'' said 60-year-old Judith Karlan, who cast her vote at the elegant Beverly Hills Hotel and walked down a red carpet to pick up her car from the valet. ``What is so important about this?''

Supporters of the measure raised $75,000 and sent 5,000 videotapes to voters showing hidden camera footage of Beverly Hills fur merchants telling shoppers _ falsely, backers of the tag ordinance say _ that the animals were mercifully put to sleep.

The famous residents backing the measure included Jack Lemmon, Sid Caesar and Larry King.

Opponents spent $81,000, saying the measure is an attack by animal rights extremists who want to hurt the fur industry. They also argued taht the ordinance would be difficult to enforce and a waste of time.

Behrouz Mahboubi, 55, who works in property management, called the measure ridiculous. ``How could a store or shopkeeper know where a coat is coming from, or how they kill the animal?'' he asked.

Turnout was expected to be high, with 5,500 of the city's 20,000 registered voters requesting absentee ballots.