Ringwood Town Council has the following markets:
Ringwood Town Council does not own or manage any markets or fairs directly (Ringwood’s historic Wednesday market is the subject of a Charter that is in private ownership). The Council manages Gateway Square and licences monthly Antiques and Decorative Arts Fairs there. These are managed privately under licence from this Council. The Licence makes no provision about the inclusion of animal fur in items offered for sale at these. The Council organizes a bonfire and firework display and a Christmas event every year and these include stalls. There is no policy concerning the inclusion of animal fur in items offered for sale at these. Other events that may include stalls are organized on an occasional basis. Again, there is no policy concerning the inclusion of animal fur in items offered for sale at these.
Here is the Council’s response to our Freedom of Information request:
Q: Do you allow stall holders at your markets to sell real fur? (including small items such as knitted hats with fur bobbles, or key rings with fur trims etc.
A: In theory, yes (whether any do so in practice, I cannot say).
The Council allows the sale of fur. They have asked to see our Fur Free Markets policy to consider.
Real fur is cruel and unnecessary. Please urge the Council to ban the sale of real fur on their markets and join the official Fur Free Markets scheme by contacting , Cllr. Jeremy Heron, Chair of Policy & Finance Committee, email: email@example.com