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Friday, July 31, 1998 Published at 12:31 GMT 13:31 UK

UK Politics

Fur farming ban pledge

Mink is farmed in the UK under national legislation

Elliot Morley: "Overwhelming support for a ban"
The government will move to ban fur farming in the UK, junior Agriculture Minister Elliot Morley has announced.

Answering questions in the Commons, he said a recent public consultation exercise had found there was overwhelming public support to ban the practice.

[ image: Elliot Morley: Committed to ban]
Elliot Morley: Committed to ban
"I want to announce it is the government's firm intention to end fur farming in this country," said Mr Morley.

"Primary legislation will be required and we will be seeking the most appropriate room to achieve this."

Welcoming the announcement, Labour's Robin Corbett (Birmingham Erdington) said: "Fur looks better on the backs of animals born with it than on the back of bimbos."

The minister replied: "I certainly agree that the public of this country find fur farming unacceptable.

"We know from the many representations received that there has been longstanding concern about the practice of fur farming and I want to make it absolutely clear our commitment to bring it to an end through legislation."

Criticism of 'draconian' measure

The British Fur Trade Association said that the "draconian" move would destroy farmers' livelihoods.

It said that if the government was concerned with animal welfare, then other options existed to ensure best practice and high standards.

It said that progress on animal welfare should be based on scientific evidence, not sentiment.

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