15 May 2000
EU threat to fur farm ban

BRITAIN could face prosecution in the European Court of Justice over its plans to ban fur farming.

France, Spain, Italy, Denmark and Finland claim the legislation to ban fur farms breaches European law, reports the Financial Times.

The British government has decided to press ahead with the bill to prohibit fur farming, despite the opposition.

It will be scrutinised in the Commons for the first time of Monday (15 May).

Britain justifies the ban on grounds of public morality, not animal welfare.

France and the four other EU countries argue the fur banning bill would contravene the EU ban on measures that impede the free movement of goods.

There are 13 fur farms in England.