Five Minutes of Your Time Could Help Get Fur Sales Banned in the UK!

The government is gathering evidence to inform a potential ban on fur imports and sales, and it needs to know your views.

Foxes, minks, and coyotes urgently need you to take part, as the government needs to hear from as many people as possible before the 28 June deadline!

Just a few minutes spent responding could help secure monumental legislation that would spare millions of animals suffering overseas for the cruel fur trade.

Israel has just become the first country in the world to ban fur – help make sure the UK follows its example and becomes the first country in Europe to take this wonderful step forward for animals.

You don’t need to be a UK resident to complete the survey – anyone can participate from anywhere in the world!

How to Respond to the Government’s Call for Evidence

The survey only takes a few minutes to complete, as some questions are multiple choice.

  • You do not need to answer every question.
  • The most important questions for you to answer are 9, 10, 11, and 39. There are some sample answers below that you can use to guide you.
  • Please note: Personalising your answers will be most effective! The government wants to hear individual opinions.

Question 9

The government wants to know if you agree it’s wrong to kill animals for their fur. This is a straightforward agree or disagree question, and the answer is clear: we recommend that you select “Strongly agree”.

Question 10

This is another simple agree or disagree answer. Question 10 asks whether you find certain methods of fur production acceptable. We recommend that you select “Strongly disagree” to all methods.

Question 11

You will be asked about your attitudes towards the importation, exportation, and sale of fur. We strongly recommend that you submit a response stating that you disagree with all three and that fur has no place in a modern UK.

Please personalise your answer to make the greatest impact, but feel free to take inspiration from these examples:

  • The production of fur has been banned in the UK since 2002, and steel-jaw trapping has been prohibited for much longer. If fur is too cruel to be produced here, it should follow that it is also too cruel to import, export, and sell.
  • There is no such thing as “humane” fur. The production of all fur – no matter which country it originated in or what “ethical” claims are made on the label it’s branded with – involves extreme suffering and a painful death for animals. Hence, the importation, exportation, and sale of fur support cruelty to animals.
  • Numerous shocking investigations into fur farms in many countries have repeatedly documented atrocities, including animals with eye infections, sores on their feet from the filthy wire cages, missing legs, and festering, untreated open wounds – some so deep that their brains are visible. Babies are kept in cages with the rotting corpses of their mothers, and animals exhibit neurotic behaviour as a result of psychological damage. This is what the importation, exportation, and sale of fur support.
  • Around 85% of the fur sold today comes from facilities where minks, foxes, and other animals are locked up for their entire lives before being violently killed for their fur by electrocution, bludgeoning, or other cruel methods. Other animals – like coyotes – are caught in steel-jaw traps in the woods and left to languish for days before being shot, stamped on, or bludgeoned to death. The world leader in animal welfare cannot support the importation, exportation, and sale of this cruelly obtained material.
  • Filthy fur farms packed with sick, stressed, and injured minks are breeding grounds for disease and have been linked to COVID-19 outbreaks. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warns that approximately 75% of recently emerged infectious diseases affecting humans originated in other animals. In the face of a global crisis stemming from the wildlife trade, the UK needs to cut ties with the fur industry, including the importation, exportation, and sale of fur.

Question 39

In this question, the government will ask for any additional evidence to inform its decision on the fur trade. We recommend that you share your perspective and encourage the government to live up to its commitment to being a world leader in animal welfare by making the UK fur-free – without exceptions.

Please personalise your answer to make the greatest impact, but feel free to take inspiration from these examples:

  • Banning the importation, exportation, and sale of fur would make the UK a true leader in animal welfare.
  • Israel has just become the first-ever country to ban the sale of fur. The UK should follow its example and become the first country in Europe to do so without exemptions.
  • Brits are against fur. A YouGov opinion poll revealed that the vast majority of British people (95%) would never wear real animal fur and support a ban on UK fur imports and sales. Only 3% said they would wear the cruelly obtained material. When respondents were asked which terms they would associate with brands that sell fur, “unethical”, “outdated”, “cruel”, and “out of touch” came out on top.
  • Deliberate mislabelling and a lack of accountability in international supply chains mean that it’s often virtually impossible to trace the origin of a fur product – sometimes, real fur is even labelled as faux fur.
  • The hazardous substances used to treat fur can cause devastating damage to water supplies, and they also pose serious health risks to workers in fur-processing plants, ranging from skin maladies to cancer. An independent study found that real fur always has a higher environmental impact than faux fur and other non-animal textiles – in some cases as much as 10 times higher.

This may be the most important action you’ll ever take for animals! Please fill out the consultation right now – don’t wait. Use the link below to submit your response:

Tell Your Friends to Take Action

The government needs to hear from as many people as possible. We only have until 28 June to make that happen. Every single response brings us one step closer to a #FurFreeBritain, so please share the consultation far and wide and tell all your friends to submit their responses!

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