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24 October 2006

Barrett launches new motion on dog and cat fur ban

John Barrett, Liberal Democrat MP for Edinburgh West, has launched a new motion in parliament stepping up the pressure on the Government to ban the import of dog and cat fur products to the UK.

Mr Barrett has tabled an Early Day Motion in parliament following a historic vote in the European Parliament fully endorsing a proposed EU-wide ban on the sale of dog and cat fur products. The motion, which has cross-party support, urges the Government to implement a full ban on the import, export and domestic trade in dog and cat fur.

Alongside the Scottish SPCA, Mr Barrett has been campaigning for a ban on the import of cat and dog fur products since 2003. However, Government Ministers have consistently failed to take any real action.

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

“The vote in the European Parliament sent out a clear message –the animal cruelty associated with the trade in dog and cat fur is unacceptable. There can no longer be any excuse for Government inaction.

“I hope this motion, which has the backing of MPs from all parties, will turn up the heat on the Government to catch up with popular opinion on this issue, and ban this inhumane trade.”

Leonora Merry. Parliamentary Officer for the Scottish SPCA said:

"The cruelty associated with the trade in dog and cat fur is absolutely horrific. We have been campaigning for such a ban for many years, but have been unable to prove conclusively that this product is sold in the UK. We believe that dog and cat fur does enter the UK and that the import of such fur should be prohibited"

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary said:

“The Kennel Club has been working with various MEPs to call for a complete European ban on the import, export and sale of dog and cat fur and is delighted with the outcome of the vote in the European Parliament. The animals that are killed for their fur are skinned alive and then left to die: there is absolutely no justification for this barbaric trade to continue.

“We are heartened that such a prominent MP is continuing to put pressure on the Government to ban this practice in the UK. Following the European vote, the Kennel Club too will step up its campaign for a UK ban. We very much welcome Mr Barrett’s EDM and hopes many other MPs will sign it to add their support to this important campaign.”


Notes

John Barrett has tabled the following motion in parliament

EDM 2812

John Barrett MP

That this House notes the recent vote in the European Parliament which overwhelmingly adopted the Action Plan on the Protection and Welfare of Animals 2006-2010; recognises that the action plan fully endorses an EU-wide ban on the sale of dog and cat fur; believes this vote sends out a clear message that the animal cruelty associated with the trade in dog and cat fur is unacceptable; and calls on the Government to heed the calls of the public and of organisations such as the Scottish SPCA and implement a UK ban on the import, export and domestic trade in dog and cat fur or of products made with dog and cat fur as soon as possible.

 

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