An EU-wide ban on the import of cat and dog fur is due to be approved by the European Parliament this week. And about time too. Nearly two million dogs and cats are brutally killed in China every year and their fur and skin made into coats, fur-trim for gloves and boot-lining. Quite often customers don't even realise they are buying real animal fur because of poor labelling.
A petition was set up 8 years ago to ban the trade, and now after millions of people signed the petition across Europe, Conservative MEP Straun Stevenson and his colleagues have finally persuaded the European Parliament to support the ban, which should come into effect by the end of 2008.
This is a great result for all those who have campaigned for many years, for consumers who have been duped into buying cat and dog fur, and of course for millions of cats and dogs who will be saved from being slaughtered.