FOUR PAWS has worked to end the fur trade since it was founded in 1988, and although fur farming has been banned in the UK since 2000, we still import £50-£70 million of fur annually according to the latest Government statistics. This equates to around two million animals being killed each year just for British fashion. We are still very much a part of this barbaric trade and must stop the UK profiting from this cruelty.
We are calling on the UK Government to #WearItKind and ban the import and sale of all fur.
The breeding of fur animals as well as trapping them in the wild to produce fashion or luxury items is cruel, unethical and unnecessary.
We were dismayed that fur was not mentioned in the Queen’s Speech of 2021. It received a minor mention in the Government’s published Animal Welfare Action Plan (2021) with plans on “exploring potential action in this area”, and with the Fur Trade Prohibition Private Members Bill only being in its very first reading, it could take years to become law, if at all. We must keep the pressure on and ensure a #FurFreeBritain.
What are we doing to ensure Britain goes fur free?
For over three years we have been campaigning for a #FurFreeBritain alongside animal welfare charities Humane Society International, Open Cages, PETA and RSPCA. In April 2021, we handed in over 1,000,000 signatures to Number 10 Downing Street calling on the Government to ban the sale and import of all fur in the UK. We hope this continued pressure from organisations like ours instill the Prime Minister to act and finally make a #FurFreeBritain.
We also responded to the Government fur trade consultation and hope to see draft legislation on the critical issue in the next few months.
Our #FurFreeBritain petition is still open, so please sign today and demand a ban on all fur sales within the UK to end our involvement in the cruel and outdated industry.
What are we doing about international fur farming?
As a global animal welfare organisation, its important the FOUR PAWS UK supports the work of our international colleagues to bring an end to fur farming, especially in Europe, but utilising the influence of the UK Government. With the UK implementing a fur imports/sales ban, we can set a exemplary example to other countries worldwide
As members of the Fur Free Alliance, an international coalition of over 50 animal protection organisations, we are working to bring about the end of fur farming and fur trapping. This coalition focuses on the animal welfare issues surrounding fur, promotes the Fur Free Retailer scheme to fashion brands, and encourages national and international production and import bans.
Fur farms are not only concerning for welfare reasons. The UK imports fur from mink farms, which is a serious concern given the numerous outbreaks of Covid-19 in hundreds of farms across Europe. . In Denmark alone, over 17 million mink were culled to prevent the spread of Covid-19, and further outbreaks. If we continue treating animals with such disregard, future pandemics are inevitable. For both the animals as well as ourselves, we must end the fur trade and demand a #FurFreeBritain once and for all.