As someone who supports the highest standards of animal welfare I am pleased to note that the importation of fur products is tightly regulated. It is illegal to import furs derived from cats or dogs, or products made from them. In addition, the fur and skin of endangered animals or fish cannot be imported without a valid permit.
Currently, under European regulations it is also prohibited to import furs or fur products from 13 wild animal species originating in countries where they are caught by leg-hold traps, or trapping methods that do not meet international standards of humane trapping. Strict rules are in also place in the European Union to ensure that animals kept for fur production are kept, trapped and slaughtered humanely. As we have now officially withdrawn from the EU it will be for the Government to consider future policies, taking into account the outcome of exit negotiations. I am certainly not aware of any intention to lessen the existing standards, and will continue to monitor the position as it develops.
In terms of the international fur markets you refer to, the UK will also be able to press for high standards through international forums such as the World Organisation for Animal Health, CITES and others. Following our EU withdrawal, the UK will retake our own seat on these bodies meaning it will be more able to effectively to promote and support improved animal welfare standards internationally. I trust that this reassures you that the Government take these matters incredibly seriously and thank you again for taking the time to contact me.