‘Follow Israel’s compassionate lead’
Claire Bass, executive director of Humane Society International/UK, commented:
“This is a truly historic day for animal protection, with Israel becoming the first country in the world to ban the sale of fur fashion.
“Even with the exemption for traditional dress, without which this ban was unlikely to have succeeded, Israel’s fur ban will save the lives of millions of animals suffering on fur farms or languishing in cruel traps around the world, and it sends a clear message that fur is unethical, unnecessary and outdated.
“We now call on the British government to follow Israel’s compassionate lead and implement a UK fur import and sales ban once DEFRA’s Call for Evidence is completed. For as long as the UK remains open for business to sell fur that we deemed too cruel to farm here two decades ago, we are complicit in this cruelty.”
The Humane Society has been calling on the UK government to issue a ban on fur sales for several years now, a move which would be supported by 72% of Brits.
Whilst the UK was the first in the world to ban fur farming within the country itself, over the last two years alone the UK has imported over £312,000 worth of fur from Denmark – the world’s most prolific producer of fur.
The #FurFreeBritain campaign has gained significant traction over the last few years, attracting support from animal protection groups, British celebrities, politicians and even the former CEO of the British Fur Trade Association.
Even British Vogue, the country’s most influential voice in the fashion industry has called for an end to fur, labelling it a “retrograde product mired in unjustifiable ethical issues”.
It’s about time that Britain finally ditched fur for good, and we applaud Israel for taking such a huge step towards a world without animal cruelty.
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