Urgent: Ban on fur and foie gras imports under threat – write to your MP

Posted on the 4th May 2022

Ahead of the Queen's Speech (10 May 2022), Animal Aid fears that pledges made in the government’s ‘Animal Plan for Animal Welfare’, such as a ban on the import of fur and foie gras, may be dropped.

The Action Plan for Animal Welfare was launched in May 2021 to huge media fanfare and speculation. When the plan was launched, Defra stated We have a proud history of championing and taking action on animal welfare in this country. Yet there is more we can and want to do.’ The document stated:

‘Fur farming has been banned on ethical grounds in England and Wales since 2000, and since 2002 in Scotland and Northern Ireland…it is still possible to import other fur from abroad, so we will explore potential action in this area. Equally, the Government has made clear that the production of foie gras from ducks or geese which have been force fed raises serious welfare concerns. The production of foie gras by force feeding is already illegal in the UK…we are committed to building a clear evidence base to inform decisions on banning the import or sale of foie gras’.  

However, we believe that these commitments may be dropped – and this is why we are asking you to write to your MP straight away, to urge the government to ban the import of foie gras and fur.

Thank you.

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