Fur Trade | May 2018

I have received numerous letters regarding the fur trade.
Animal welfare is of the utmost importance. As such, I welcome the tight regulation on imports of fur products. As you are aware, it is illegal to import furs derived from cats or dogs, or products made from them; in addition, the fur and skin of endangered animals or fish cannot be imported without a valid permit.
Under current European legislation, it is prohibited to import furs or fur products from 13 wild animal species originating in countries where they are caught in the wild by leg-hold traps or trapping methods that do not meet international standards of humane trapping. There is also strict regulation in place to ensure that animals kept for fur production are kept, trapped and slaughtered humanely. It is welcoming, as you note, that so many influential brands, figures and institutions from the fashion industry are opposing the use of fur.
Leaving the European Union will make it easier to continue safeguarding animal welfare to the high standard that the UK currently has.
May 2018

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