Furs: Imports

Department for International Trade written question – answered on 26th February 2018.

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Photo of Layla Moran Layla Moran Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what steps he is taking to reduce imports of fur to the UK; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Greg Hands Greg Hands The Minister of State, Department for International Trade

Existing EU regulations mean that some skin and fur products may never be legally imported into the UK for commercial use. These include cat and dog fur and products as well as seal skins and products from commercial hunts. Regulations banning the import of these furs will remain in force after the UK has left the EU, as these will be converted into UK domestic law through the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

It is important that the UK work effectively at international levels to agree animal welfare standards and phase out cruel and inhumane farming and hunting practices. It is the Government’s view that an international rules-based approach will lead to a higher level of animal welfare worldwide.

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