UK Activists Lobbying For Fur Import Ban Met With MP Support

In the wake of a fur farm ban, activists say importation is ethically inconsistent
David Drew MP was photographed holding a #FurFreeBritain sign in support of the proposed ban

MPs and animal rights organizations came together in Westminster on May 15 to discuss a potential fur import ban prior to a debate on the matter set for June 4.

#FurFreeBritain

Humane Society International (HSI) and Open Cages emphasised that, while fur farms have been banned in the UK for nearly twenty years, fur importation is still common practice.

The two animal rights organizations lobbied for change as part of a campaign which has been coined #FurFreeBritain, aimed at ending the import of fur entirely.

Animal suffering

According to the HSI press release, a ban in the name of animal welfare would be well-founded.

It stated: "Clear evidence of animal suffering has been found and compiled from investigations into hundreds of fur farms in 15 different countries over three continents, since 2008."

Footage and photographs from a number of said farms were displayed as part of the day's efforts.

Chris Packham For Fur Free Britain
Wildlife expert Chris Packham has also demonstrated support of the ban (Photo: Instagram)

Support

A number of MPs took photographs with #FurFreeBritain signs to show support for the campaign - including David Drew MP, Kerry McCarthy MP, & Sir Roger Gale MP.

Executive Director of HSI UK Claire Bass said: “It is fantastic to see the campaign gaining traction in Westminster.

"The vast majority of the British public support an animal fur import ban and it is exciting that this sentiment is being echoed by MPs from across the political spectrum."

Pointing out the mixed messages sent by fur importation in the wake of a farm ban, she added: "It's time the UK pulled the plug on the fur trade."

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Emily Court is a passionate ethical vegan from Eastern Canada. She is a Challenge 22 Mentor, Digital Writer, and experienced animal advocate driven by issues of animal liberation and social justice. She studied at Dalhousie University, where her thesis highlighted intercultural and gender relations. She is an established public speaker, writer, and world traveller with a drive to provide a voice to those who might not otherwise have one. You can follow her on Instagram @emily.j.court or on Twitter @_EmilyJCourt_.

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