Closed petition Ban the importation of animal fur into the UK

The UK government has already limited the importation of animal fur into the UK by Council Regulation (EEC) No 3254/91, however certain animal fur can still be imported, some from countries with poor animal welfare rights. The government should ban the importation of ALL animal fur into the UK.

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100 million+ animals are killed for their fur every year.
The Agreement on International Trapping Standards is aimed at the protection of the practice of trapping of wild animals for their fur with ‘humane’ standards. However, the trapping of wild animals for their fur can never be benign, the standards set in this agreement fall well below humane standards defined by veterinarian experts in the UK. Rather than extend the agreement, the government should ban the import of all fur into the UK.

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Government responded

This response was given on 21 January 2019

The Government shares the British public’s high regard for animal welfare and plans to retain current regulations banning the import of fur from domestic cats, dogs or commercial seal hunts.

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The Government shares the British public’s high regard for animal welfare and, after we leave the EU, the Government plans to retain our current regulations banning the import of fur from domestic cats, dogs or commercial seal hunts.

Fur farming was banned in the UK in 2000. Fur farming is legal in other EU countries, and rules are in place to ensure that animals kept for fur production in the EU are kept, trapped and killed humanely. While the UK is a member of the EU it is not possible to introduce restrictions relating to the fur trade which are inconsistent with the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU and which impair the free movement of goods within the EU single market. There will be an opportunity for government in the future, once we have left the EU and the nature of our future trading relationship has been established, to consider further steps such as a ban on fur imports or a ban on sales.

The Government is working at an international level to support higher animal welfare standards worldwide to phase out fur farming and trapping practices in other parts of the world that are banned here. We believe this is the best way to prevent animal cruelty and that this approach will lead to a much higher level of animal welfare standards. After EU exit, once the UK assumes an independent seat on international bodies such as the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), we will have an opportunity to promote further our high standards in these international fora.

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EFRA Committee report and the Government's response

You may be interested to know that a group of MPs called the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee published on report on the Fur Trade in the UK in July 2018.

The Government responded to the Committee’s conclusions and recommendations in October 2018.

Read the Committee’s report:

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmenvfru/823/82302.htm

Read the Government’s response:

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmenvfru/1675/167502.htm

Find out more about the Committee’s inquiry, including all the evidence it received:

https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/environment-food-and-rural-affairs-committee/inquiries/parliament-2017/fur-trade-in-the-uk-17-19/

More about the Committee:

What is the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) Committee?

The EFRA Committee looks at and questions how the Government Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs:

• is run
• spends money
• decides on its policies

It's a cross-party committee and is independent of the Government.

You can find out more about the Committee on its website:

https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/environment-food-and-rural-affairs-committee/

You can follow the Committee on Twitter: @CommonsEFRA

The EFRA Committee is a ‘Select Committee’. Find out how Select Committees work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_2RDuDs44c&feature=youtu.be

Find out about how to get involved in your UK Parliament: http://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/