The UK, Welsh and Scottish Governments are considering future policy on the fur trade. This is the perfect opportunity to show the governments that there is no place for the ‘products’ of such a cruel industry in the UK.
While fur farming and the import of skin and fur products from commercial seal hunting and domestic cats and dogs was banned in Scotland in 2002, the sale of other furs, from foxes, rabbits, minks and racoon dogs can still legally be sold in Scotland and the UK. The UK imports around £75 million worth of fur every year, which equates to roughly three million dead animals. Due to the globalisation of the fur industry, it is also very difficult to know from which countries, and to which standards, the fur products sold in the UK have originated.
However, the UK Government, jointly with the Scottish and Welsh Governments, is considering future government policy on the fur trade and what could possibly be done to strengthen the UK’s animal welfare standards in this area. This is the perfect opportunity to show the governments that there is no place for the ‘products’ of such a cruel industry in the UK and that a complete ban on the import and sale of fur products must be implemented. Indeed, 72% of people in support a ban on the import and sale of fur.
We have put together a consultation response guide for our supporters to enable you to respond to the consultation quickly. It is crucial that as many members of the UK public as possible respond to the consultation calling for a complete ban.
Join us in standing against the cruel fur industry and take action now. It is time to #FinishFur.
What are the welfare issues of the global fur industry?
Animals used by the fur industry are confined to small, barren cages for their entire lives. Such cramped conditions prevent animals from being able to express natural behaviours, such as digging and roaming large territories. Captive minks, in particular, are unable to swim and dive. Zoologists at Oxford University studied captive minks and found that these animals have not become domesticated and thus suffer greatly in captivity, particularly if not provided with opportunities to swim.
Animals may also self-mutilate, pace and attack, or even kill, their cages mates due to the stress imposed upon them by confinement.
The slaughter methods on fur farms are also incredibly cruel. Just before the animal turns one, they will be electrocuted- through probes inserted into the animals’ mouth or anus- gassed or beaten to death. Alternatively, they may have their neck broken or be poisoned with substances that lead to organ failure. In some cases, animals may even be skinned alive.
While the majority of animals (an estimated 85%) killed for fur are raised at cruel fur farms, animals are also targeted in the wild. Animals, such as coyotes, are trapped with cruel and archaic traps, such as snares or leg-hold traps.These animals may then be bludgeoned or beaten to death and their fur sold into the fur industry.
Is the import, sale and export of fur banned in other countries?
Yes. Israel, Sao Paolo in Brazil, and the United States state of California have all banned the import or sale of fur. India has banned the import of mink, fox and chinchilla fur.
The UK Government has an opportunity to live up to its ambition to be a world leader in animal welfare, by becoming the first country in the world to implement a complete ban on the import and sale of fur.
How can I help?
Take action against the cruel fur industry by responding to the UK Government’s consultation on the import and sale export of fur. Our consultation response guide will assist you in responding to the consultation.