Private Bill to outlaw fur farming?

24 February 1999

Private Bill to outlaw fur farming?

FUR farming will be banned in Britain in three years time if Parliament passes a private members Bill unveiled yesterday (Tuesday).

Labour MP Maria Eagles six-clause Bill proposes that it should be a criminal offence to keep any animals for slaughter or for breeding, where the sole or primary purpose is to obtain the value of their fur.

It has all-party support and the backing of the government and would mean the end of Britains 13 remaining mink farms.

The remaining farmers are likely to be offered compensation. Between 100,000 and 150,000 young mink or “kits” are slaughtered on farms each year for their pelts.

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