17 November 1999
Ban on fur farming in Queen’s Speech

THE Queens Speech today is expected to include legislation banning fur farming, fulfilling a Labour promise made before the election.

The fur-farming bill is expected to herald the end of the UKs estimated 13 mink farms.

A private members bill was given an unopposed second reading by MPs in March. But time ran out for the bills report stage.

Other legislation to be announced today is expected to give ramblers the right to roam in the countryside.