Cat and Dog Fur Nov03
Each year over 2 million cats and dogs are slaughtered in China to
satisfy demand in Europe for cat and dog fur.
These animals are raised under deplorable conditions and then
killed either by stabbing or hanging. Occasionally, they are even skinned
alive. After being turned into full-length coats, fur trimmings or cuddly
toys, these goods are purposefully mislabelled as rabbit, fox or simply as
fake fur. This trade is not only an act of barbaric animal cruelty, it is
a blatant display of consumer fraud since most of us are unaware of what
we may be purchasing.
Eight European countries support an EU-wide ban on sales, as well
as imports and exports of cat and dog fur. However, EU Health and Consumer
Protection Commissioner, David Byrne, argues that this is not an EU-wide
problem and that it should be up to individual countries to address the
The Commissioner is wrong. The EU's single market with open borders
allows these goods to make their way easily from one member state to
another. Individual state action is not enough. Only a complete EU-wide
ban will put an end to this barbaric trade.
In the European Parliament, we have submitted a declaration
requesting the European Commission to immediately draft a regulation under
internal market powers to ban the import, export, sale and production of
cat and dog furs and skins across Europe.
I urge consumers and animal lovers to put pressure on their local
Westminster MPs to raise this matter with the Government and to write to
Commissioner Byrne (European Commission, Rue de la Loi 200, B-1049
Brussels, Belgium) demanding that he take immediate action to ban the
import, export and sale of these products.
I will continue to push this issue in the European Parliament until
this cruel trade is stamped out.