I support the highest standards of animal welfare so in addition to fur farming being banned in the UK, I am pleased to note that the importation of fur products is tightly regulated. It is illegal to import furs derived from cats or dogs, or products made from them; in addition the fur and skin of endangered animals or fish cannot be imported without a valid permit.
Meanwhile, it is prohibited to import furs or fur products from 13 wild animal species originating in countries where they are caught in the wild by leg-hold traps, or trapping methods that do not meet international standards of humane trapping. Strict rules are also in place to ensure that animals kept for fur production are kept, trapped and slaughtered humanely.
I appreciate that there is considerable support for banning imports of fur products, but the truth is that it would be difficult to introduce such a ban while we remain in the EU and subject to single market rules and I'm pleased to tell you that these rules will be replicated after we have left the EU.
Last updated June 2019