Pressure On The Government For A Fur Free UK

Three senior Labour frontbenchers have written to the government calling for a fur ban in the UK.

Emily Thornberry, Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade, Ed Milliband, Shadow Secretary of State for Business and Energy, and Luke Pollard, Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, wrote to Liz Truss, Secretary of State for International Trade, earlier this month.

The letter denounces the fur trade as ‘barbarous’ and ‘unnecessary’:

“Britain led the way in abolishing fur farming two decades ago, but we still contribute significantly to this cruel and outdated global trade by importing and exporting tens of millions of pounds worth of fur and fur products each year.

Annually, more than 100 million animals worldwide are bred and killed for their fur, living their short lives in miserable, painful confinement.

“Millions more are trapped in the wild, left in agony for long periods before they are killed.

“All too often nowadays, this dreadful suffering is endured simply to provide the fur trim on gloves, hats, hoods, and other fashion accessories.”

Last year Respect for Animals composed an Early Day Motion calling for a ban on fur import and sales, which was submitted with support from MPs across the political divide. Early Day Motion 267 (‘Real Fur Imports’) has since become the second most popular EDM in this session, which 139 signatures so far.


Please write to your MP and urge them sign our Early Day Motion (267). If your MP has already signed or does not sign EDMs generally, then please urge them to write to the government calling for action.

We need to put maximum pressure on ministers in order to make history and achieve a Fur Free UK.