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.