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FOR A FUR FREE BRITAIN

More than 100 million animals die for their fur each year, the majority suffering in small battery cages. The UK banned fur farming as ‘unethical’ in 2000, recognising that keeping wild animals in tiny cages can never be humane. But the UK is now outsourcing fur cruelty overseas, causing suffering to millions of animals. More than two-thirds of the British public reject this double-standard and support a fur import and sales ban.

Let’s lead the world on animal welfare. Let’s ban the fur trade in the UK. Read our #FurFreeBritain briefings here.


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PUBLIC & CELEBRITY SUPPORT

Hundreds of thousands of people have signed the #FurFreeBritain petition by Humane Society International and supported by Four Paws, RSPCA, PETA UK, Animal Aid, Open Cages, Care2, the Jane Goodall Institute UK, VIVA! and citizen campaigners Catherine Reda and Diane Smith.

THE PETITION READS:

I am completely opposed to the immense suffering caused to more than 100 million animals each year in the international fur trade. I support the campaign to ban fur sales in the UK and create a #FurFreeBritain.

Inflicting cruelty on animals for frivolous fashion is deplorable. We should close our borders to this cruel trade, reflecting the view of more than 80% of Brits who believe that it’s unacceptable to buy and sell animal fur in this country. More and more countries are following the UK’s lead and banning fur farming: banning fur imports sales would once again show the UK as a world leader on animal protection.

Please commit not only to retain a UK import ban on cat, dog and seal fur, but also to establish a sales ban to cover the pelts of all animals killed for their fur.

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WHAT THE FUR TRADE DOESN'T WANT YOU TO KNOW

The fur trade is responsible for the suffering and death of more than 100 million animals each year, including fox, chinchilla, mink, raccoon dogs and rabbits.

Most of this fur is produced by intensively farming animals in battery-cage systems in countries such as Poland, Finland, France, Norway and China. The fur trade claims that welfare is high, and even funds accreditation schemes in an attempt to give the trade a veneer of respectability. But countless investigations on fur farms all over the world reveal the harrowing and disturbing truth. This is what fur farms really look like.

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POLITICAL SUPPORT

Our #FurFreeBritain campaign is receiving support from MPs across all parties.

Contact us if you're an MP wanting to join our gallery, or you think your MP is supportive but not yet represented.

Download our pledge poster, email it to your MP and ask them to send you a photo of him or herself holding it. We’ll be pleased to add it to the gallery of fur free politicians!

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GOVERNMENT RESPONSE SO FAR:

January 2018: the government responded to e-petition 200888, which gained 109,551 signatures in support of a ban on the sale of fur in the UK. It says: “Regarding the fur industry, we are working at an international level to agree global animal welfare standards and phase out cruel and inhumane farming and trapping practices.” This response fails to acknowledge that the farming of wild animals for their fur is inherently inhumane – phasing out cruel practices means phasing out the industry. Read more in our briefing paper.

April 2018: In an EFRA fur trade Inquiry evidence session, Lord Gardiner and Lord Henley, responding on behalf of Defra and BEIS respectively, both stated that they did not favour an outright fur trade ban, preferring instead to place confidence on the fur industry “concentrating on humane and sustainable farming and trapping.” (Lord Gardiner). This response fails to recognise that the fur industry has had decades to develop humane farming and trapping conditions, and has demonstrably failed, read more in our briefing paper. Lord Gardiner’s response on trade in fur products also contradicts an earlier statement he made in a Lords Debate on Animal Welfare Offences on 24th October, 2017, when answering a question about what Brexit might mean for animals in trade: “...we do not wish to see produce or animals coming into this country that are not looked after to the same standards that we would expect from our own farmers and producers.”

When asked, in the EFRA session, specifically about the potential to further restrict fur imports, Lord Henley stated: “I have no desire to close things down. I am not in the business of banning things. It is perfectly legitimate as long as we exclude those parts that we have taken the decision to consider illegitimate, such as farmed cats and farmed fur and so on. I am satisfied that it is legitimate and I do not do bans.” Lord Henley’s response does not take into account the fact that the vast majority of the British public consider trade in fur of all species – not just cats – illegitimate. A 2016 YouGov poll shows that while 9% of people believe that it should be acceptable to buy and sell cat fur in the UK, the same small percentages consider fur from coyotes, chinchillas and raccoon dogs acceptable.

May 2018: In a response to a written question from Hugh Gaffney MP, asking about the potential merits of extending existing fur import bans to cover all species affected by the fur trade, Minister George Eustice said: “The Government shares the British public’s high regard for animal welfare and, after we leave the EU, the Government plans to retain the current regulations banning the import of cat and dog fur and products, and seal skins and products from commercial hunts.
Any further restrictions on importing fur and fur products after we leave the EU should be based on the protection of animal welfare. The Government is considering the case for further steps.”

June 2018: At the Westminster Hall debate (which resulted from e-petition 200888), 32 MPs spoke passionately in support of a fur import ban, many noting the significant volume of correspondence from their constituents on this topic. Disappointingly, the government’s response, made by George Eustice, made no commitment for action towards a ban, instead noting that because of EU rules “it is unlikely that we would be able to advance [a ban] while we are in the EU.” He advocated the UK’s use of ‘soft powers’, working at international fora such as the World Organisation for Animal Health, “in order to get a wider uptake of the types of bans and restrictions that we have in place here in the UK.”

July 2018: The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee publishes its report, Fur Trade in the UK. The Inquiry was launched following reports that real fur is being sold as fake fur by major high-street and online retailers. It criticised retailers, local authorities and Trading Standards for complacency in enforcing regulations around the sale of fur, and also found that the current fur labelling laws are confusing for both retailers and consumers. Having received evidence from HSI UK and a number of other charities, as well as concerned individuals, of strong public support for extending existing fur trade bans to cover all species, the Committee recommended that the Government holds a public consultation to consider whether to ban fur.

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RESOURCES

DOWNLOAD OUR #FURFREEBRITAIN POLITICAL BRIEFINGS:

Political Briefing Paper One
The case for a ban on the UK fur trade


Political Briefing Paper Two
Fur farming and industry certification initiatives


Open letter:
to Michael Gove from 50 veterinary and animal behaviour experts.


Open letter:
Stella McCartney Letter to MP.


Open letter:
celebrity support for a Fur Free Britain

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CONTACT US

The #FurFreeBritain campaign is led by Humane Society International/UK a leading force for animal protection in the United Kingdom and globally.

Contact HSI UK’s Executive Director Claire Bass at
cbass@hsi.org

or write to Claire at
HSI UK, 5 Underwood Street, London N1 7LY

Media can contact:

Wendy Higgins, Director of International Media
whiggins@hsi.org, or

Harriet Barclay, Media and Campaigns Manager
hbarclay@hsi.org

HSI UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (charity number 1098925).

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