China: Animal Welfare

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 13th October 2011.

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Photo of William Bain William Bain Shadow Minister (Scotland)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what representations his Department has made to the Chinese Government on standards of animal welfare in fur farms in that country.

Photo of Jeremy Browne Jeremy Browne The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

I have not raised the standards of animal welfare in fur farms in China with the Chinese Government. However the Government are supportive of work to raise standards of animal welfare at home and overseas. Where appropriate, we support co-ordinated action to promote standards internationally. The UK has been fully supportive of an EU-wide ban on the import, export and sale of domestic cat and dog fur and products containing such fur.

We also welcome the work that non-governmental organisations such as Animals Asia Foundation, the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals undertake with the Chinese authorities to improve standards of animal welfare in China.

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