Early Day Motion 345: BAN ON IMPORT OF CAT AND DOG FUR
That this House calls on the Government to guarantee that EU bans on the import of cat and dog fur and commercial seal products will remain in place when the UK leaves the EU; and notes that the UK played key roles in the introduction of both of these bans and that both are supported by a large majority of the public.
Here is a template letter for you to copy and paste (feel free to add your own words and thoughts, this often makes your letter even more effective):
Dear [name of MP]
As your constituent, I would like to encourage you to add your name to Early Day Motion 345 regarding the ban on the import of cat, dog and seal fur.
Here is the text of EDM 345:
“That this House calls on the Government to guarantee that EU bans on the import of cat and dog fur and commercial seal products will remain in place when the UK leaves the EU; and notes that the UK played key roles in the introduction of both of these bans and that both are supported by a large majority of the public.”
Under EU legislation, fur from seals, cats and dogs is banned but with Brexit around the corner, that could be under threat. I would like the UK government to guarantee they will keep this in place.
Each year, in early Spring, harp seals migrate south to the east coast of Canada to give birth to their pups, where the hunters cruelly kill them as they lie helpless. Seal pups between 3 weeks and 3 months of age are brutally shot, clubbed and skinned. Their carcasses are left to rot on the ice or dumped into the ocean.
Cats and dogs across the world also face brutality to meet the demand for fur coats, gloves, shoes, blankets, and stuffed animals. At least 10 adult cat or dog pelts are needed to make just one full length fur coat.
Reports say that, under the ‘Great Repeal Bill’, this legislation will become British law, but it is possible Parliament will repeal or amend the measures if it chooses to as part of any future trade deals with other countries.
79 per cent of UK residents believe that the annual Canadian seal hunt should be stopped and a similar percentage support the ban on the import of dog and cat fur.
EDM 345 calls on the UK government to guarantee that, post Brexit, the EU bans on imports of commercial seal products and dog and cat fur (banned throughout the EU since 2006), will remain in place in the UK and be non-negotiable in future trade deals.
Early Day Motion already has the support of over 50 MPs. I feel that this is a very important issue and as my representative in Parliament, I would greatly appreciate it if you were able to add your signature. If you do not sign Early Day Motions, I would ask you to write to Liam Fox and the Department of International Trade on this issue.