Update (6 February 2023): The government is betraying the UK public and failing animals by breaking its promise to ban the import and sale of fur stolen from the backs of sentient beings. In her first interview as secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, Thérèse Coffey said that the ban was being shelved as it is not a priority for parliamentary time.
This flies in the face of public opinion: 95% of the British public rejects fur. In 2021, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs held a consultation on possible legislation to ban fur imports – close to 30,000 people responded, and the majority was in favour. The government has chosen to ignore the will of the public by shelving the proposed ban. We must continue to speak out for animals who are gassed, poisoned, and electrocuted for their skin, until we achieve a #FurFreeBritain.
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.