Thank you to all those who contacted me about fur imports. I agree we must implement a ban on the import and sale of fur in the UK. This outdated and unnecessary trade should have no place in the UK’s fashion industry.
According to Humane Society International, more than 100 million animals suffer and are killed for the global fur trade every year. Animals are treated terribly in the fur trade: farmed animals are kept in small cages for their entire lives and wild animals are caught using cruel leg-hold traps.
I am proud the UK was the first country to ban fur farming two decades ago. Since then, the EU has also banned the importation of dog, cat and seal fur and this has been retained in UK law after Brexit. However, although many retailers now refuse to stock real fur, fur from other species can still legally be imported and sold in the UK. Consumers may also be misled into buying real fur, believing it to be fake.
I believe we must go further and ban the importation of fur all together. We should not have a fur trade that relies upon the suffering of animals abroad, and we cannot go on being complicit in this cruel and inhumane practice.
The UK Government previously said it was not possible to introduce restrictions relating to the fur trade during the transition period and that, once our future relationship with the EU had been established, there would be an opportunity to consider further steps it could take in relation to fur sales. The Government subsequently launched a Call for Evidence in conjunction with the Welsh and Scottish Governments on the fur trade which closed on 28 June 2021. The Government has said it will publish a summary of responses and any next steps in due course.
I am aware that the Government’s proposed Animals Abroad Bill has not yet been brought forward. I will continue to follow developments on this closely.