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MPs call for consultation on banning fur sales

MPs called today for a consultation on banning the sale of real fur after finding that retailers and Trading Standards are “complacent” about it wrongly being labelled as fake.

The environment, food and rural affairs select committee inquiry follows recent cases of real fur being sold as fake by retailers that had no-fur policies including TK Maxx, Amazon, Not On The High Street, Groupon, Etsy, Tesco, FatFace, Boots, Kurt Geiger and Romwe.

Committee chairman Neil Parish said: “The government must ensure that local authorities are properly resourced, and local authorities should ensure that Trading Standards are properly trained.”

Britain banned fur farming in 2000 but still imports and sells fur from species such as fox, rabbit, mink, coyote, raccoon dog and chinchilla.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “In our manifesto we said we would ban the import of fur and under the last Labour government the production of fur in Britain was stopped and it is now not produced in Britain, so we think it should not be imported either.”

A government spokesman claimed: “While the UK is a member of the EU it is not possible to introduce additional restrictions on the fur trade.”

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