Fur Trade

Andrew Selous Excerpts
Monday 4th June 2018

(2 years, 9 months ago)

Westminster Hall

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Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Daniel Zeichner Portrait Daniel Zeichner
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4 Jun 2018, 4:44 p.m.

Once again, I agree with the hon. Gentleman. The petition itself is testimony to the strength of public feeling, but on top of that, a YouGov poll in February this year showed that 69% of the public, nearly seven in 10, would support a ban on the import and sale of fur in the UK. There is a significant majority across Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat voters too. It is cross-party. It is not a party political issue; it crosses party political allegiances.

Andrew Selous Portrait Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire) (Con)
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4 Jun 2018, 4:44 p.m.

I am extremely grateful to the hon. Gentleman, who is being very generous. I understand that we currently import fur from two other fellow European Union members, Poland and France. Does he know whether we have the power to prevent the imports as an EU member?

Daniel Zeichner Portrait Daniel Zeichner
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4 Jun 2018, 4:44 p.m.

I thank the hon. Gentleman; I will come very specifically to that point later in that speech, but my belief is that we do have the power.