Thank you for your email regarding your opposition to the cruel and unnecessary fur trade, and your support for a ban on the sale of animal fur in the UK.
I fully agree with everything you say, and I was pleased to note that in a recent YouGov survey, it was found that almost three quarters of the British public stand with both of us in our opposition to the fur trade, and our desire to see fur imports banned.
As an animal lover, I am proud to belong to a party with a proven track record of tackling cruelty to animals, from the 2004 Hunting Act to the 2006 Animal Welfare Act, and one of the proudest moments in that history was making the UK the first country in the world to ban the domestic production of fur twenty years ago.
In Labour’s Animal Welfare manifesto, published before the 2019 election, we pledged to go one step further and become the first country in the world to ban the import of fur.
In my role as Shadow International Trade Secretary, I joined my colleagues Luke Pollard and Ed Miliband earlier this year to demand urgent action from the government in this area. You can read our joint letter to International Trade Secretary Liz Truss by clicking this link: https://www.facebook.com/EmilyThornberryLabour/posts/4013523008697716
In April, we co-sponsored our Labour colleague Taiwo Owatemi’s Ten Minute Rule Bill, the Fur Trade (Prohibition) Bill, which demanded that this cruel trade be put to an end before it can be used as a bargaining chip in future trade negotiations.
As a member of the Shadow Cabinet, I am limited in my ability to sign EDMs. However, I am very pleased to see that EDM 193 has received wide cross-party support.
I will be interested to read the results of the government’s call for evidence on the fur trade, which closed at the end of June, and I am eagerly waiting to find out what legislation the government is going to table against the fur trade – if any – when Parliament returns from recess in September.
Thank you again for contacting me about this vital issue, and please be assured that it will remain central to the work I am doing in Parliament. If you have any further points you would like to raise about this matter or any other, please do not hesitate to get back in touch.
The Rt Hon. Emily Thornberry MP
Islington South and Finsbury
Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade