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Update: 14 March 2022
Recent reports in the media alarmingly suggest that the government will de-prioritise animal welfare, claiming it is seen as “peripheral stuff” . This means that the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) and Animals Abroad bills are at risk of being dropped. If that happened, we’d lose proposed laws banning the importation and sale of fur stolen from the back of a sentient being. While the world faces unprecedented challenges, promises to implement vital animal welfare legislation must be upheld and the government must fulfil its commitment to having and promoting the highest standards of animal welfare, as laid out in the 2021 Queen’s Speech.
If the reports are true and these bills are torn up, the government would be betraying the minks, foxes, and other animals it promised to protect as well as the public who elected it based on manifesto commitments such as banning hunting trophies and live export.
Giving the green light to organisations and individuals to continue to profit from cruelty to animals would make a mockery of the UK’s claim that we are a nation of animal lovers. The government must keep in mind a sentiment put forth by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, “The way we treat animals reflects our values and the kind of people we are.”
Please take action now by telling the government to support the Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) and Animals Abroad bills in their entirety, banning fur.
Following a campaign by UK animal-protection groups, PETA among them, which included a petition signed by more than a million members of the public, the UK is closer than ever to becoming a fur-free zone. In the 2021 Queen’s Speech, the government outlined ambitious plans to bring forward new legislation to “ensure the United Kingdom has, and promotes, the highest standards of animal welfare”. This goal is to be realised with an “Action Plan for Animal Welfare”, which is expected to include a ban on fur imports.
We must ensure the government follows through with meaningful steps towards introducing such a ban.
Fur farming has been illegal in the UK for nearly two decades, but cruelly produced fur items are still being sold here. Under current EU regulations, it’s illegal to trade in cat, dog, or seal fur, but the fur of other animals, such as coyotes, foxes, raccoon dogs, and minks, can still be sold. Brexit may divide the public, but we all can unite in agreeing that the sale of tortured animals’ skins should be outlawed in modern society. The UK now has an opportunity to introduce a ban on sales of all animal fur and, in doing so, become a true world leader in animal protection.
On fur farms, animals typically spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy cages, in which they’re given no opportunity to engage in natural kinds of behaviour such as playing, running, finding food, and raising a family. The stress of this extreme confinement often drives them insane, and fighting, self-mutilation, and cannibalism are common. At the end of their miserable lives, they face a horrific death – often by gassing, electrocution, or poisoning.
On 4 June 2018, during a parliamentary debate, MPs spoke out in favour of ending the fur trade in the UK, but unfortunately, no clear commitment on this issue was made. Please sign our petition to show the government your continued support for a ban on all fur sales in the country.
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