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  Fresh bid to stamp out fur trade
Updated 28 January 2004, 14.17
The skins of dogs and cats are being sold in Europe
There have been renewed calls for a scientific test to identify dog and cat fur as the campaign to get the stuff banned from Europe is stepped up.

Trade minister Mike O'Brien recently said the government would support a ban if it could be proved cat and dog fur was being used on imported goods.

Since then, only one sample of dog fur has been found. Mr O'Brien said more work was needed to establish the facts.

He said a "valid test" for the fur was needed before things could move on.

Animal welfare groups estimate than more than two million cats and dogs are killed in China for their fur each year.

Kids' toys

The stuff is used to decorate clothes - and even on kids' toys, according to reports.

Mr O'Brien said there was stronger evidence of the cat and dog fur trade in other European nations and that the government was encouraging these countries to support a ban.

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