UK Government Announces Inquiry into Fur Import and Sale
The government in the UK has taken yet another step towards banning the sales of animal fur, The Independent reported. Ministers have requested evidence and any implications for the banning and block of importing and selling real fur. Both the public and business communities have been asked to input commentary.
The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) put out the call for evidence as animal welfare standards get tighter post-Brexit, The Guardian reported. “We already have some of the highest animal welfare standards in the world and as an independent nation we are now able to re-examine some of our animal welfare laws, including the import of fur for use in fashion products,” said the environment secretary, George Eustice in the outlet, “The views, data and case studies we receive will be vital to helping us inform future government policy in this area including by better understanding the trade both at home and abroad.”
While the UK outlawed fur farming in 2003, it still allows for the import of animal fur. The UK had imported £800m worth of fur since the 2003 ban. Humane Society International (HSI) shared a statistic that 72% of the public backed the fur import and ban in a recent public opinion poll.
Claire Bass, executive director of HSI/UK, told The Independent, “We hope the government hears from the ever-growing list of designers and retailers that are proud to be fur-free and firmly see the future of British fashion as one of sustainability, humane treatment of animals, innovation and textile technology – that’s how the UK can be a world leader in fashion.”
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