Cat and Dog Fur Campaign
John Barrett, along with the Scottish SPCA, has stepped up the campaign for a ban on the import of cat and dog fur in the UK. Mr Barrett and the Scottish SPCA previously teamed up for a highly successful petition campaign in 2003 signed by over 23,000 people, helping to raise the profile and demonstrating the depth of public feeling on this issue.
Since 2003, many other groups and organisations have joined the fight, with recent comments by Sir Paul McCartney helping to raise the profile of this issue once again. With the renewed interest in this issue, there is now a real chance of finally banning this inhumane and disgusting trade.
John Barrett said:
“The US has banned it, Australia has banned it and so have Denmark, France, Italy, Belgium and Greece – what is stopping us? In reality, the ban in these countries now means that more dog and cat fur is likely to find its way into the UK, therefore it is vital that a similar ban be introduced both here and in Europe.”
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John has also tabled an Early Day Motion at Westminster:
That this House welcomes Switzerland's ban on the importation of products made with dog and cat fur; expresses concern that the import of dog and cat fur remains legal in the UK with trade in dog and cat fur last year worth over £40 million in this country; notes with concern the position taken by the Department of Trade and Industry that in the absence of clear evidence of a trade in dog and cat fur in this country, a UK ban on the trade will not be considered; supports the work of all bodies and organisations, including the Scottish SPCA, pressing for a change in the law; and urges the Government to bring in a ban on the import, export and domestic trade in dog and cat fur and of products made with dog and cat fur as soon as possible.
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