Christina Rees MP has met virtually with representatives from Fur Free Britain to discuss their campaign to ban the import and sale of fur in the UK.
The Neath MP confirmed her support for the implementation of a ban on the use of fur in the UK fashion industry and has called on the UK Government to implement such a ban on fur at the earliest opportunity.
Christina Rees MP said:
“I am proud that the UK was the first country to ban fur farming two decades ago and that the subsequent EU bans on the importation of dog, cat, and seal fur will be retained in UK law after Brexit.
“However, although many retailers now refuse to stock real fur, it is evident that fur from other species can still legally be imported and sold in the UK. It is also concerning that consumers may be misled into buying real fur, believing it to be fake.”
According to Humane Society International, more than 100 million animals are killed for the global fur trade every year. Animals are treated terribly; farmed and kept in small cases and wild animals cruelly trapped and hunted.
“The fashion industry is becoming more aware of the ugly and cruel practices involved in the fur trade as are the public, and the demand for real fur is decreasing all the time. It is time that we legislated to prevent harm and pain being caused to animals in the UK and to prevent those who commit these cruel acts being able to earn from UK consumers. I will continue to call for a ban on the import and sale of fur to be implemented at the earliest opportunity.”