Fur trade in the UK Contents


67.Many consumers have an ethical reason for not buying garments containing real fur. The last few years have shown that there is a vulnerability in retailers’ supply chains and that real fur has been sold as fake fur.

68.Our inquiry has highlighted that the current labelling system is confusing, not-fit-for purpose, and with a high degree of non-compliance. It is also not being enforced. A new UK labelling scheme would bring clarity and consistency to consumers and retailers alike. The Government must look at the opportunities that are available post-Brexit.

69.Longer-term, the Government will have the opportunity to decide whether to ban the sale of fur. We understand that this is a subject that raises strong feelings. The Government must balance consumer choice against animal welfare considerations, and we expect Ministers to listen carefully to all sides in any consultation.

Published: 22 July 2018