The Labour Party has pledged to ban all fur imports into the UK, following petitions that garnered over 500,000 signatures.
The party had previously banned fur farming in 2000, while they were in government, but are now looking to take the issue further, as figures show that as a country we imported almost £75m of fur in 2017 alone.
Speaking to BBC’s Newsbeat, Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell said: “We should not have a fur trade that relies upon the suffering of animals abroad. We think there’s sufficient public pressure to force the government into banning the imports.”
Campaigners are seeing the UK’s forthcoming withdrawal from the European Union, and subsequent departure from the single market, as an opportunity for the government to implement a ban from EU countries. Under current EU regulations, fur farming of certain animals is still legal in countries such as Finland, France, Poland and Italy. As a member of the single market, the UK isn’t able to ban imports of all animal fur from these countries. While the government isn’t committing to any such ban, the shadow environment secretary, Sue Hayman, told Sky News that the Conservative Party needs “to step up to the plate and follow Labour policy and ban fur imports.”