Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has joined over 100 cross-party MPs and Peers who have written to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice calling on the Government to cut ties with the fur industry.
The letter was co-ordinated by Humane Society International/UK, which leads the #FurFreeBritain campaign. Fur Farming has been banned for over 15 years in Britain, but It continues to import over £800 million worth of fur from countries such as Finland, China, France and Poland. Over 100 million animals are killed for their fur every year worldwide.
Animals such as foxes and mink are kept in tiny battery cages, and face extreme cruelty in the pursuit of fur. Over one million petition signatures have been gathered in support of #FurFreeBritain, and public opinion polls consistently show that a UK fur sales ban would also enjoy widespread public backing.
Speaking after backing the campaign, Andrew Gwynne said:
“The global fur trade is incredibly cruel, and Britain should not be supporting an industry that subjects animals to such abhorrent treatment. In 2000, we rightly decided that Britain should stop producing fur, because we recognised that the practise was deeply unethical. For that decision to carry any weight, however, we must take a stand against fur trade globally and become a global leader in animal welfare.
Exploiting wild species in this way is not only wrong but poses dangerous public health risks. Recently, over 60 vets and virologists encouraged the government to end fur farming to prevent further disease outbreaks. Additionally, fur has a significant effect on Co2 emissions compared to other textile production.
It speaks to the strength of feeling across parliament, and the whole country, that over 100 cross-party parliamentarians have backed this campaign. There really is no excuse for the Government to avoid acting on this, and I hope that DEFRA will move swiftly to implement the ban.”
Claire Bass, executive director of Humane Society International/UK, said:
“Furs from around two million tormented animals are imported into the UK each year and there is huge public and political support for Britain to stop this trade in cruelty. This letter shows clear cross-party political appetite for the Government to bring forward legislation to ban fur imports and sales.
We are also urging the Government to publish its analysis of the 30,000 responses received from members of the public and industry to its recent Call for Evidence. If opinion polls are anything to go by, we believe that the vast majority of those responses will be supportive of a ban and will want to see Britain show global leadership towards an end to this cruel, outmoded and unnecessary industry.
For as long as fur is traded in Britain, we remain shamefully complicit in the suffering and death of millions of fur bearing animals for frivolous fashion.”
To sign the petition calling for a #FurFreeBritain click here.