We’re one baby step closer to a fur free Britain
Islington has become the first borough in London to prohibit the sale of fur, after the council voted for the ban yesterday afternoon. The meeting’s Chair said: “The cruelty can no longer continue.”
The new law will see the sale of fur prohibited from all council-owned land, including Chapel, Exmouth, Camden Passage, and Whitecross Street markets run by the council.
Animal charities across the country are celebrating the move, including Humane Society International/UK (HSI), which leads the #FurFreeBritain campaign.
No Fur In Islington
Last night, the Public Protection Department at Islington Council issued a report which was put before the Licensing Regulatory Committee, suggesting amendments to the Street Trading Licence conditions, including the sale of animal fur items.
The report reads: “We are also proposing a ban on the sale or supply of real fur products or products containing real fur… Clause 38 lists what goods can and cannot be sold in the market. This includes real fur products or products containing real fur.”
It goes on to state, in relation to the new conditions: “Continued trader education and stronger, consistent enforcement through the use of the conditions will ensure a cleaner, fairer and safer shopping environment for all users.
“It is intended that the new conditions will be introduced for all new licences from 1st October 2019 and all other licences from 1st January 2020.”
‘Driven By Compassion’
HIS’s executive director, Claire Bass, says: “We applaud Islington Council for becoming the first London borough to take explicit and decisive action to stop the sale of a product that causes such extreme animal suffering, in the borough’s markets.
“The Councillors’ decision was clearly driven by compassion, and shows their progressive values in reflection of the vast majority of Islington residents who reject the cruel and unnecessary fur trade.
“We encourage other councils to follow in Islington’s steps, and we urge the government to take note of this ban as another step towards our goal of a UK-wide sales ban.”
‘Tackling The Cruel Trade‘
Asima Shaikh, Islington’s business chief councillor, said in an interview to the Islington Gazette: “While we have no reason to believe that illegally farmed fur is used in any products sold in our street markets, we think it is important that the council works hard to tackle this cruel and awful trade.
“We are very pleased to announce that we have been working on a new policy for a number of months now which, if approved, will ensure that no products with real fur are sold in Islington markets in the future.”
Islington Council will be the second council in the UK to ban fur, following Oldham council which banned fur in 2018.
An increasing number of fashion designers and retailers are dropping fur cruelty. This year alone Gucci, Versace, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, DKNY, Burberry, Chanel and other high-profile brands have announced fur-free policies.
Whilst fur farming has been illegal in the UK for nearly two decades, after the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Act 2000 came to pass, Britain still imports and sells the fur of a variety of species.
Fur imports from dogs, cats and commercial seal hunts are already banned across the EU, but HSI wants those existing bans extended to protect all fur-bearing species. And rightly so.
We hope that in the coming months we will see more councils acting with compassion, and following in Islington’s footsteps to help make a fur free Britain.