“The matter was taken up by Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi, who wrote a letter to Minister of State for Commerce Nirmala Sitharama, pressing the need to curb cruelty towards animals by prohibiting the import of exotic skins,” wrote The New India Express. “The Ministry of Environment and Forest and the Animal Welfare Board of India further supported the need to impose the ban.The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 allows the slaughter of animals only for subsistence, and this too is regulated to minimise the pain and suffering of animals.”
People for Animals (India) trustee Gauri Maulekshi told media that, “We commend the Directorate General of Foreign Trade and the environment ministry for its firm commitment in abolishing the import of exotic skins.”
This is another massive victory not just for advocates, who are effectively communicating the truth about fur leading to compassionate change, but for the animals themselves. It is another step closer to a world that wants to #MakeFurHistory.