European animal rights protesters hail ban on sale of dog and cat fur

Animal welfare campaigners today welcomed a vote by the European Parliament in favour of an EU-wide ban on the sale of dog and cat fur.

MEPs approved the ban as part of the first ever European Community strategic plan on animal protection. Edinburgh West Liberal Democrat MP John Barrett, recently appointed honorary vice-president of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA), said: “This is a historic turning point in the fight to ban this inhumane trade.

“The vote by members of the European Parliament sets in motion an EU-wide commitment to ban the import of dog and cat fur products to the EU.”

Mr Barrett said he had lost count of the number of constituents who had contacted him to support his calls for a total ban on the trade.

Leonora Merry, parliamentary officer for the SSPCA, said: “The European Parliament has recognised animal welfare is of great concern to millions of EU citizens and to many consumers who demand ethically acceptable products. We will closely monitor the proposed ban on dog and cat fur to ensure the old promises are not lost.”

Last updated: 13-Oct-06 11:35 BST

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