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Local MP makes a pledge to shut down what remains of the fur trade in the UK

Justin Madders, MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston, joined dozens of other Parliamentarians and celebrities who got together to mark the 20th anniversary of the UK becoming the first country to ban fur farming.

The campaigners gathered in Parliament to urge the UK Government to ‘finish the job’ by banning fur imports and sales.
Former The Only Way Is Essex star Pete Wicks was among those who attended the #FurFreeBritain event hosted by FOUR PAWS UK and Humane Society International/UK. He spoke about his past experience of visiting fur farms in Finland.
And in a new pre-recorded video message, comedian and actor Ricky Gervais also spoke in support of the campaign.
Two decades after the last fur farm was closed down, the UK continues to allow imports of fur from animals farmed and trapped overseas, creating an unacceptable double-standard. If fur is too cruel to produce here, it is too cruel to sell here, argue the campaigners. 
Justin Madders MP said: “Twenty years after the UK banned fur farming and demonstrated the UK’s strong and unequivocal ethical stand against fur, we are now outsourcing our cruelty overseas. The only way to eradicate this hypocrisy is to ban the import and sale of fur in the UK.”
The Parliamentary reception saw FOUR PAWS UK release a new report demonstrating the scale of abuse inherent in the trade and the role the UK continues to play in this cruelty.
To illustrate the UK’s complicity in fur cruelty, HSI/UK released new footage of multiple fur farms in China, revealing the extreme suffering endured by raccoon dogs, mink and foxes for fur fashion. Government data shows that the UK imports millions of pounds worth of fur from China every year.
The shocking scenes from HSI/UK’s investigation showed baby animals kept in filthy, barren conditions, with many of the older animals found to be exhibiting signs of mental distress such as pacing and circling their tiny cages. 

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