Plans are being prepared for Great Britain to ban the sale of furs following the nation’s formal exit from the European Union, or Brexit, according to The Times.
“The government is considering rules that would, in effect, prohibit the sale of clothes containing fur in shops after Britain leaves the EU’s single market and customs union,” says the September 25th article from The Times. “The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is expected to publish a consultation paper shortly after the Brexit transition period formally ends in December.”
The Times states, though sources are not identified, that Lord Goldsmith, a friend of Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his partner Carrie Symonds, is responsible for pushing the policy forward; Symonds has spoken about the cruelty of fur in the past.
There can be expected pushback from the fur industry; However, the Daily Mail has reported polls show 80 percent of Brits oppose the use of animal fur; a similar number to the 81% of Canadians who oppose the killing of animals for their fur.
Much is left to be found about this story; The Fur-Bearers will continue to monitor it and update you as more is known.