December 2016 – Fur Imports

December 2016 – Fur Imports

Thank you for contacting me about the fur trade.

I support high standards of animal welfare so I am pleased to note that the importation of fur products is already closely regulated. As you note it is currently illegal to import furs derived from cats or dogs, or products made from them; in addition the fur and skin of endangered animals or fish cannot be imported without a valid permit.

Meanwhile, under European regulations it is prohibited to import furs or fur products from 13 wild animal species originating in countries where they are caught by leg-hold traps, or trapping methods that do not meet international standards of humane trapping. Strict rules are in also place to ensure that animals kept for fur production are kept, trapped and slaughtered humanely.

Once the UK has withdrawn from the EU it will be for the Government to consider future policies, taking into account the outcome of exit negotiations. I am not aware of an intention to lessen the existing standards.

I hope this addresses your concerns and thank you again for taking the time to get in touch.