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Thousands back animal fur ban
Cat toy made of dog fur
Tests have shown some toys to be made of animal fur
More than 18,000 people in Scotland have signed a petition calling on the UK Government to ban the import of products which contain dog and cat fur.

The petition was sponsored by the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA) and Edinburgh West MP John Barrett.

The Liberal Democrat MP said he was confident the petition would encourage the government to ban what he called a "cruel trade".

Trade Minister Mike O'Brien has said that a Europe-wide ban on dog and cat fur products would be the most effective way to end the trade.

I am confident that the petition will go a long way in convincing the government to ban this cruel and abhorrent trade, once and for all
John Barrett MP
Mr Barrett said: "I would like to thank the thousands of people who have taken the time to add their names in support of my campaign.

"Names are still pouring into my parliamentary and constituency offices and I plan to hand the petition to the trade minister after the new year.

"I am confident that the petition will go a long way in convincing the government to ban this cruel and abhorrent trade, once and for all."

Mairi Ball, of the SSPCA, said: "The response from members of the Scottish SPCA has been fantastic.

"We hope that the tremendous support received from the public on this issue will highlight just how strongly people feel about this barbaric trade, and will help to impose a Europe-wide ban on the imports of dog and cat fur."

Scottish Tory MEP Struan Stevenson has also been campaigning for a clampdown.

He said two million cats and dogs are being killed in China alone each year, in order to satisfy demand in Europe.

He has produced evidence which includes a blanket made out of four golden retrievers, a full-length coat made out of up to 42 Alsatian puppies and a cuddly toy cat made out of dog fur.


SEE ALSO:
Cat and dog fur faces UK ban
17 Jul 03  |  Politics
New calls for fur trade ban
08 May 03  |  Europe
Cats 'farmed for skins in EU'
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