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ADI backs EU Commissionís proposal to ban cat and dog fur

Posted: 21 November 2006

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The European Commission today adopted a proposal to ban the import, export and sale of cat and dog fur in the EU.

Jan Creamer, chief executive of ADI, said: ďADI fully supports Commissioner Kyprianouís proposal which we understand will come under the Co-decision Procedure. There is no reason why the EU cannot ban this fur as the US, Australia, Denmark, France, Italy, Belgium and Greece have all banned it. Until there is a complete EU ban, millions of cats and dogs will suffer.Ē

Why it is wrong to wear fur
Many animals are killed for their fur, including cats and dogs. Fur farming was banned in United Kingdom in January 2003. However, fur can be sold here.

The greatest concentration of fur farms worldwide is in Northern Europe, which contributes 85% of animal skins used in the fur industry.

In China, dogs and cats are increasingly being killed for their fur. They can be skinned alive, then either suffocated, hanged, bludgeoned or left to bleed to death before their furs are exported to Europe to be used for fur trims on coats, gloves, handbags and toys.

Despite the existence of bans in a number of countries on either fur farming, leg hold traps or bans on certain types of fur, free trade rules allow the importation of furs into any country, no matter what laws that country may have in place to protect the welfare of animals.

Jan Creamer added: ďThere is no excuse for wearing fur ripped off the backs of beautiful creatures. Fluffy imitations look nicer anyway. Before anyone buys anything that looks like fur, they should ask the retailer whether or not it is real. Wearing real fur is both cruel and unethical. It is a disgraceful thing to do.Ē

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NOTES TO EDITORS

To read the EU Commissioner Kyprianouís speech on the ban on the trade of cat and dog fur to the Animal Welfare Interngroup (8 June 2005) click here:
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Cat and dog fur trade in EU3

  • It is believed that 2 million cats and dogs slaughtered every year
  • Main exporter: China
  • 12 to 15 adult dogs needed to make a dog fur coat
  • Up to 24 cats needed for cat fur coat
  • Cat and dog fur also used in hats, gloves, shoes, blankets, stuffed animals and toys
  • Dog fur sometimes labelled as: Gae-wolf, sobaki, Asian jackal, goupee, loup d’Asie, Corsac fox, dogues du Chine, or simply fake or exotic fur
  • Cat fur sometimes labelled as: house cat, wild cat, katzenfelle, rabbit, goyangi, mountain cat Click here

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