Import and sale of fur

Westminster Hall debate


On Tuesday 27 June 2023, Giles Watling MP led a Westminster Hall debate on the import and sale of fur.

Ahead of the debate, he gave the following statement:

"Over 20 years ago*, the UK banned fur farming on the grounds that it was cruel. I believe that if we don’t allow fur farming domestically, we shouldn’t allow the import of fur farmed abroad - when it comes to animal welfare I believe that the UK should lead by example.
"Realistic and cost effective cruelty-free alternatives to fur exist. Nowadays, it is possible to enjoy fur-like products without the unnecessary cruelty or harm that fur farming engenders.
"I believe that animals deserve dignity, and to live free of the cruelty that fur-farmed animals are subjected to. This debate, I hope, will enable Parliament to consider making Britain a country where we don’t need to farm or import fur."
Giles Watling MP

*Fur Farming (Prohibition) Act 2000


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Giles Watling during the debate

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