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Parliamentary Committee Report Urges Public Consultation For Banning Fur In UK


Parliamentary Committee Report Urges Public Consultation For Banning Fur In UK
The United Kingdom government has been given urged to hold a public consultation in order to ascertain whether it can be feasible to put a ban on the import and sale of animal fur in the country after setting in Brexit. The call was given in an in an inquiry report that was published by the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee which had launched the investigation following inquiries and a report published by Humane Society International (HIS) UK and media partners.
The HIS has welcomed the report while urging the government to issue mandatory labelling for fur and animal product which would allow consumers to make an informed choice while purchasing such products.  HIS was the leader in the #FurFreeBritain campaign.
The HIS president provided details about the dichotomy in the ban on fur farming in the UK and the allowing of importing of fur which was 'moral inconsistency' and 'outsourcing cruelty' according to the organization. Britain still allows import and sale of fur derived from a number of animals that include fox, rabbit, mink, coyote, racoon dog, and chinchilla despite the fact that UK itself had banned fur farming on ethical grounds in 2003, while the sale of cat and dog fur was banned in et EU in 2007 and seal fur was stopped in 2010.
Countries like China, Poland and Finland still factory-farm ta large portion of these animals in battery cage systems. In 2017, £75 million worth of animal fur was imported in the UK according to the most recent trade statistics from HMRC.
HSI UK Executive Director Claire Bass said "The UK was the first country in the world to ban fur farming, after the British public, politicians and veterinary experts concluded that it is an inhumane and completely unnecessary industry. So it is total double standard for us to still be importing and selling fur from animals still suffering the same conditions we banned here.”
There is an opportunity for the British government to become the first country to ban the sale of all animal fur and hence HSI UK is delighted that the government is being pressed by the EFRA Committee members for launching a public consultation to create public awareness and garner support for the case, Bass said.
“Our #FurFreeBritain campaign already has the support of the British public, veterinary experts, as well as an ever-growing list of retailers and designers who see that the future of fashion is fur-free. With innovation in textiles offering high quality humane alternatives to real fur, the fur trade's days are clearly numbered, but it can't end quickly enough for the hundreds of millions of animals trapped and tormented in tiny cages. A UK ban would be a major nail in the coffin of this morally bankrupt industry", Bass added.