The UK Moves One Step Closer to Going Fur-Free

Animal advocates have continued to work towards a world where no one sees fur as fashionable, and now they’re a step closer to closing Britain’s doors to this insidious industry.

Fur farming was banned in the UK in 2000 on moral grounds, and the EU currently has a ban on fur from domestic cats, dogs and commercial seal hunts. However, even though fur farming itself was banned, the UK still allows the import of fur products that are produced elsewhere from a variety of animals, including fox, rabbit, mink, coyote, raccoon, dog and chinchilla.

According to the Humane Society International UK (HSI UK), it’s no small market either. The organization estimates that around 2 million animals are suffering and dying for fur imported into the UK every year.

It makes tragically little ethical sense to ban farming on moral grounds, and fur from just some species, when all furbearers suffer for this trade, and products are still coming in from places that have the same conditions, or worse ones, than the UK had. To remedy that, animal advocates launched a campaign to make Britain entirely fur free.

Pushing for a total ban on the import of fur from all furbearing animals most likely would have been challenged by EU members that still allow fur farming before, but Brexit has created an opportunity for it, which would also be in line with what a majority of consumers want.

“When we banned fur farming more than 15 years ago, we did half the job. Now we see an opportunity to stop the import and sale of all fur in the UK,” said Claire Bass, executive director of the HSI UK, which is leading the #FurFreeBritain campaign.

Now, people who want to see this ban become the law of the land are celebrating some promising steps. After hundreds of thousands of people spoke up in support, not only will there be a Parliamentary debate on the issue, the Labour Party has agreed to back a full ban on fur imports.

“We should not have a fur trade that relies upon the suffering of animals abroad,” the Labour party’s shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, told the BBC. “We think there’s sufficient public pressure to force the government into banning the imports.”

While the government didn’t make a full commitment to a ban at the debate, it’s still a big step forward. Hopefully continued public pressure will lead to more progress being made to protect furbearing animals from becoming victims of this brutal and unnecessary industry.

A huge thank you to YOU. All of our tens of thousands of fabulous supporters who wrote to their MP and asked them to…

Posted by Humane Society International – UK on Tuesday, June 5, 2018


If you haven’t already, you can show your support by signing and sharing the Humane Society International’s Care2 petition calling on lawmakers to make Britain fur free.

For more on how to help, check out the Humane Society International UK.

Creating a Care2 petition is easy. If you have an issue you care deeply about, why not start your own petition? Here are some guidelines to help you get started and soon the Care2 community will be signing up to support you.


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Ann B
Ann B8 hours ago


Lorraine A
Lorraine A12 hours ago

Lets see everywhere fur free!! Thanks for sharing.

heather g
heather g13 hours ago

We've got to persevere with these actions to prevent cruelty.

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Louise A
Louise A2 days ago

thank you for sharing

Naomi D
Naomi Dreyer24 days ago

Better make it two steps closer.

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Hannah A25 days ago

thank you

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