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Mislabeled fake fur could lead to total ban in the UK

Reports of real fur being sold as fake fur show that retailers are flouting their responsibility to consumers.

JAMES TAPPER: ‘A report from the environment select committee calls for the government to launch a public consultation on banning all types of animal fur in clothing and upholstery, and criticised trading standards officers for a “complacent” approach to enforcing the law. Investigations last year by Humane Society International (HSI), an animal welfare group, and broadcasters, revealed that high street and online fashion outlets had been mislabelling garments as faux fur when tests revealed that they contained fox, mink and rabbit fur…

The committee chairman, Neil Parish, said it was the responsibility of shops and local authorities to identify what they were selling. “Reports of real fur being sold as fake fur show that retailers are flouting their responsibility to consumers,” the MP said. “Retailers of all sizes are complacent about the issue of fake faux fur. It is illegal to give misleading information, and Trading Standards have been poor at identifying and acting against those who are doing so”…

Fur farming has been illegal in the UK since 2000 but it remains legal to import and buy it, with the exception of domestic animal fur from cats and dogs, or commercial seal hunts. Last year the UK imported around £63m of real fur and exported products worth £33m, with some evidence that the popularity of fur is growing, the committee heard’. SOURCE…

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