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MEPs support KC fur ban campaign

The Kennel Club’s campaign to bring about a Europe-wide ban on the trade in dog and cat fur has received the backing of two British MEP’s.

The endorsement of both Struan Stevenson MEP and Neil Parish MEP, both of who are heavily involved in the campaign to ban dog and cat fur throughout Europe, adds political strength to the Kennel Club’s call for such a ban.

While Denmark, France, Italy, Belgium and Greece have all banned the import of dog and cat fur, the UK has not found any evidence of the dog and cat fur trade within its borders. However, the Kennel Club understands that trade is prevalent in other European countries and is likely to grow until there is a complete EU ban.

The Kennel Club is urging all supporters of the dog and cat fur ban to write to the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection Markos Kyprianou, to express their concerns on this issue. A form of words is included below.

Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said ‘The Kennel Club is heartened that two such prominent European political figures are working with the Kennel Club to call for a complete ban on the import, export and sale of dog and cat fur. The animals that are killed are skinned alive and then left to die: there is absolutely no justification for this barbaric trade to continue.’

Neil Parish MEP said : ‘I believe the European Commission wants to ban the import and sale of cat and dog fur but it has faced a great deal of resistance from some industries. It is time for the Commission to listen to the overwhelming majority of people who want this savage practice banned immediately.’

Struan Stevenson MEP added: ‘Evidence suggests dog and cat fur is being imported and sold across Europe. Often consumers are unaware that they are buying it, as labelling is intentionally misleading.’

Commissioner Markos Kyprianou
European Commission
Directorate-General Health and Consumer Protection
Rue de la Loi 200 / Wetstraat 200
B-1049 Brussels

Dear Commissioner Kyprianou,

I am writing to urge you to enforce an immediate ban on the import, export and sale of dog and cat fur within the EU.

I am extremely concerned that it is legal to buy dog and cat fur within Europe and furthermore, how readily available it is to purchase.

I have strong ethical objections to the use of fur from companion animals, this is largely because methods of removing fur from dogs and cats involve extreme cruelty to the animals involved:

usually skinning the animals alive, which leads to their death. I also have concerns relating to the appalling conditions in which these animals are kept while alive.

The Kennel Club is the governing body for dog activity in the United Kingdom among whose objectives is to promote in every way, the general improvement of all dogs. The Kennel Club is currently working with British Members of the European Parliament, who would be glad to assist you in any way they can, to help draft or enforce any proposal to ban the trade and import of dog and cat fur across Europe.

I am aware that you will be facing resistance from some industries to call for such a ban but as a concerned European citizen I am imploring you to listen to the majority of European’s who want an immediate ban on this savage, immoral and uncivilised practice.

Yours sincerely