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.

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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.

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Marie W
Marie W2 months ago

Thank you for caring and sharing

Chad Anderson
Chad A6 months ago

Thank you.

christine s
christine s6 months ago

I want to live in a world where all animals are allowed to live their own God given right to a natural a life as possible and never ever harmed by a human being in any way at all. Millions of us feel the same way ---it just has to be put into practice !!!!!!!!!!!!!.

John W
John W7 months ago

Thanks for sharing this.

michelle t
jennifer t7 months ago

Ban the vile,revolting fur trade internationally.

Chrissie R
Chrissie R8 months ago

Bravo!!! Thanks for posting.

Jennifer H
Jennifer H8 months ago

Here's to hoping the UK will use common sense and ban fur in totality.

ANA MARIJA R8 months ago

In 2018. fur trade is matter of inteligance... no doubt petition signed & shared

michela c
michela c8 months ago

Fur trade shouldn't be permitted all over the world

Ian T
Ian T8 months ago

It is true that the UK can now ban fur imports from EU countries such as France, Finland and Poland. This is because the people of the UK made the progressive and radical decision to leave the EU. However, there is a concerted campaign to overturn this decision; and there are many in the British Labour Party and all the other regressive liberal-left parties (Liberal Democrats, "Green" Party, SNP, Plaid Cymru), as well as EU fundamentalists within the Conservative Party, who wish the UK to stay in the Single Market should the UK eventually leave. This will involve adhering to the four "freedoms", which includes the freedom of movement of "goods" (for the EU, sentient animals, and, indeed, their fur, are merely "goods"). This is also the reason why the UK will not be able to ban live animal exports if it stays within the Single Market. All UK politicians, Including Labour's John McDonnell, know this as well I do. It is critically important, therefore, to not believe a word of anything stated by such individuals about their desire to see fur imports and animal exports banned once and for all.