The ban on fur imports came closer today as a public consultation on stopping imports of items into the UK began.
The Mirror’s campaign to make Britain fur-free received a big boost after we uncovered scenes of horrific animal cruelty on farms around the world, including China, Poland and Finland.
Environment Secretary George Eustice said now that UK’s future relationship with the EU has been established we now have a ‘unique opportunity’ to see what more can be done to raise our standards global animal welfare organizations.
Announcing a 12-week evidence call that could lead to a crackdown, he said: “I know the Mirror has long campaigned on this issue and I encourage readers to share their views on this call. vital to evidence that will help us determine future government policy in this area.
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“We already have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world and, as an independent nation, we are now in a position to review some of our animal welfare laws, including the importation of fur for use in fashion products.
“The insights, data and case studies we receive will be essential in helping us inform future government policy in this area, including better understanding trade both at home and abroad.”
The Mirror’s Fur Free Britain campaign is supported by celebrities, MPs, peers and conservation charities.
Fur farming has been banned in England and Wales since 2000 and since 2002 in Scotland.
Strict rules are already in place for some skin and fur products, including those from the commercial seal hunt and from domestic cats and dogs, banning their importation into the UK.
But since the ban, skins worth £ 800million have been imported. Much of the fur comes from China, the United States, France, Italy and Poland. In 2018, nearly £ 75million of animal fur was imported, including £ 5.3million from China alone.
More than 100 million animals are killed for their fur each year, including mink, fox, raccoon dog, chinchilla, and rabbit – three per second.
They usually spend their lives in one-square-meter battery cages and are only moved twice – for weaning and on the day they die.
Claire Bass of Humane Society International UK, campaigning with the Mirror, said: “We welcome Defra’s call for proof as a milestone in our #FurFreeBritain campaign and hopefully the first concrete step towards the ban. the sale of cruel fur in the UK.
“Our latest opinion poll confirms what previous polls have consistently shown – that the majority of Britons want nothing to do with the cruelty of fur farming and trapping and support a ban on fur farming and trapping. import and sale of fur here.
“This is an important opportunity for individual consumers and fashion companies to let the government know that fur is out of fashion in the UK.
‘As the government defines the UK as a new independent nation in commerce, it is essential that we use this moment to stop funding cruel industries abroad – we have banned fur farming here. because it was too cruel, so we shouldn’t pay people overseas to incarcerate animals. for their whole life in tiny cages, all for a pom pom hat or hood trim.
“When the sale ends, the suffering will end as well, and we hope this call for evidence will give the government everything it needs to confidently move forward with a ban.”