Black Country MP John Spellar today joined fellow MPs in a Westminster Hall debate calling for banning of the fur trade. Afterwards John Spellar said “ The UK can be proud to have been out front when the Labour Government banned fur farming. Now we must go further and ban the fur trade. Unfortunately the Minister just seemed to offer more dither and delay. The public , Parliament and common decency require a more rapid response and we will be pushing the Government on this.”


John Spellar  (Warley) (Lab)

From his representations to Ministers, has the hon. Gentleman had any indication as to the reasons for their reluctance to do something that would be so popular—justifiably so—with the public, in order to prevent this cruel trade and make a major contribution to eliminating it not only in the United Kingdom but across the planet? Would this not only be a major exercise, but one that is fairly simple and straightforward to do?

Christian Wakeford  

Again, I completely agree. I hope I am not putting words in the Minister’s mouth when she responds, but it is the right, fair and humane thing to do

John Spellar 

Given that there is such overwhelming support in this House and among the public for taking this measure, can anyone understand why the Government are so reluctant to do something that might, for once, make them popular?

Taiwo Owatemi

I am hoping the Minister will be able to answer that. We all hope that the Government will be able to provide some clarity on when they hope to ban the sale of fur

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