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Motion looks to ban sale of animal fur products

Published on Wednesday 6 November 2019

Amber Valley Borough Council members will be asked to back a motion seeking to prohibit the sale of any product made of animal fur on council owned, or run, land, when it meets on 13 November.

The motion, proposed by deputy leader of the council, Councillor Ben Bellamy, states 'The council resolves, for the benefit of the council’s area, to implement the following policy to:

Prohibit the sale of any product wholly or partially made with real animal fur on council owned land and at council run or council leased markets. This policy is to cover such items as, for example, fur coats, vintage fur, fur shawls, garments with fur trim, fur pompom hats, and fur accessories and trinkets.

Support the 'Fur Free Markets' campaign of the animal welfare charity, Respect for Animals, the UK’s leading anti-fur organisation, by:

Becoming a signatory to the initiative; and

Seeking the advice and assistance of the charity in the enforcement of this ban.'

Commented councillor Bellamy: "Through the motion we are looking to reassure local residents that the council is aware that the United Kingdom has outlawed the farming of animals for their fur on ethical grounds since 2000 but, nonetheless, fur products are imported from overseas nations, particularly China, where such bans do not operate and where there is virtually no animal welfare legislation in force.

We also believe that without this ban customers could inadvertently buy products wholly or partially made with animal fur, thinking them to be made of imitation fur."

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