The fur industry is cruel, barbaric, and unnecessary. Millions of animals suffer and die every year for nothing more than bobble hats, keyrings, and fur trim. The vast majority of Brits (95%) refuse to wear fur, more and more designers no longer work with it, and even Her Majesty the Queen has ditched it from her wardrobe. Even though fur farming has been banned in the UK for almost 20 years, fur is still imported for sale in stores nationwide, effectively condoning animal suffering.
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As numerous PETA exposés of fur farms have revealed, minks, foxes, raccoons, and many other animals who are farmed for their fur spend their entire lives being driven insane by confinement to cramped, filthy wire cages. Neglected and often left suffering from untreated injuries and infections, they’re finally beaten to death, electrocuted, gassed, or skinned alive.
It’s simple: the production of fur always involves extreme suffering and a painful death.
On 31 May, the UK government launched a month-long call for evidence asking for the public’s views on the fur trade. More than 30,000 people responded, and their views will now be considered as the government analyses the responses and potentially develops legislation to ban the importation and sale of fur. Early Day Motion (EDM) 193 has been tabled, calling for the government to bring forward this legislation without delay.
Now is the time for action. As the UK has left the EU, a ban on importing fur is no longer restricted by prohibitive EU trade regulations, and implementing one is essential to ending cruelty to animals. The UK government stated in the Queen’s Speech that the UK will have and promote the highest standards of animal welfare. A ban on fur sales and imports would help achieve this and continue its legacy of protecting animals. The UK has an opportunity now to be the first country in Europe to ban all sales and imports of fur, setting an example for the rest of the world to follow.
Take Action Now
Please write to your MP and ask them to sign EDM 193 to show their support for ending the UK’s involvement in an industry that tortures and kills animals for their fur, putting pressure on the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs to act now. As your representative, your MP must respond to your letter.
Personalising your e-mail is best, but here’s a template you can use as is or amend as you wish.