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12 October 2006

Scottish SPCA and Barrett welcome ‘historic’ vote on dog and cat fur ban

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, today joined the Scottish SPCA in welcoming a historic breakthrough in the campaign to ban the import of cat and dog fur.

Today, Members of the European Parliament overwhelmingly voted for “more animal protection in the EU”, and fully endorsed a proposed EU-wide ban on the sale of dog and cat fur.

With an overwhelming majority, the parliament today adopted the written Action Plan on the Protection and Welfare of Animals 2006-2010. MEPs have approved the first ever Community strategic plan on animal protection outlining future activities, measures and tools for the forthcoming years in order to promote the protection of animals. This historic vote also included support to proposed EU-wide bans on the import dog and cat fur and other 'cruelty products'.

The Scottish SPCA and Mr Barrett have been campaigning for a ban on the import of cat and dog fur products since 2003.

John Barrett MP, recently appointed Honorary Vice President of the Scottish SPCA said:

"This is a historic turning point in the fight to ban this inhumane trade. Today’s vote by members of the European Parliament sets into motion an EU-wide commitment to ban the import of dog and cat fur products to the EU.

“I have lost count of the number of my constituents who have contacted me supporting the campaign for a total ban. It is high time the Government caught up with popular opinion on this issue. Today’s vote sends a clear message that there will no longer be any excuse for inaction and should leave the UK Government in no doubt that there is widespread support for a ban throughout the EU.”

Leonora Merry, Parliamentary Officer for the Scottish SPCA said:

“The European Parliament’s report also highlights a number of other important areas which need to be addressed over the next four years. These include the importance of enforcement of animal welfare laws and the strengthening of legislation for the transport of farm animals, the need to protect domestic and wild animals as well as animals used in circuses, and taking animal welfare into consideration in trade policy, sustainable development and wildlife trade.

“The European Parliament has recognised that animal welfare is of great concern to millions of EU citizens and to many consumers who demand ethically acceptable products. We will closely monitor the Action Plan, and the proposed ban on dog and cat fur to ensure that these bold promises are not lost.”

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