Fur farming is banned in the UK – but fur products can still be legally imported from other countries.
However tomorrow marks the day the UK government will debate the ban on selling fur; a potentially monumental pivotal point in the world of veganism.
The UK Parliament will debate banning the importation and sale of fur after a petition on the topic garnered more than 100,000 signatures. The petition called for a ban on selling fur in the UK, saying: “Fur farming was banned in England and Wales in 2000, followed by Scotland in 2002.
“However fur products can still be legally imported from other countries and sold here in the UK. Much of this fur comes from countries that have very weak or no animal welfare laws at all.”
In anticipation of the debate, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said: “While some fur products may never be legally imported into the UK the Government’s view is that national bans are less effective than working at an international level on animal welfare standards.”
The debate will follow a national campaign to ban the sale of fur in the UK.
Earlier this week Queen guitarist Brian May joined animal-protection campaigners outside 10 Downing Street to hand in an additional petition with more than 400,000 signatures urging Prime Minister Theresa May to introduce a UK animal-fur import ban. The petition forms part of the Fur Free Britain campaign by UK animal charities, including PETA
After years of campaigning, the tide is well and truly turning against fur in the fashion industry. From John Galliano to Gucci, there are numerous brands who have vowed to keep fur off the catwalk.
Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Versace, and Giorgio Armani are just a selection of names who have joined the likes of Stella McCartney and Gucci in opposing to fur in the manufacturing of their designs.
Let’s hope the right decision is made tomorrow, but in the meantime, let Ethea help you to have style with a conscience this year.