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Government responds to fur trade inquiry
“The report revealed that real fur is being sold as fake, proving that retailers are ignoring their responsibility to consumers." (Stock photo)
Recommended fur labelling law ‘would not be effective’

The Government has said it will not introduce a new fur labelling law, as it does not believe this would be an effective remedy for recent cases of real fur being sold as faux fur.

Neil Parish, chair of the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) Committee said the decision was a “missed opportunity to make retailers responsible for what they sell to customers”.

A recent inquiry by the committee concluded that retailers and Trading Standards had been ‘complacent’ about the issue. Enforcement of the regulations surrounding the sale of fur has also been poor, the report said.

Committee members made a series of recommendations, including a new mandatory labelling regime to identify fur and other animal products accurately, including the species of fur, country of origin and method of production.

However, the government said it does not believe this would be effective, as it would not change the ability or incentive for suppliers and traders to mislead the businesses they work for.

Mr Parish said: “The report revealed that real fur is being sold as fake, proving that retailers are ignoring their responsibility to consumers. We wanted to see the Government use the Report to address this worrying, often unchecked, issue.
 
“Brexit also gives the UK the option to strengthen labelling of clothes, which must be consistent and customer-friendly. Sadly, it seems the government will waste this chance to address the ongoing problems in the Fur Trade industry, failing many retailers and consumers in the process.”

Responding to other recommendations in the report, the government said it may be possible post-Brexit to ban fur imports or sales. It will also assess what specific civil sanctions should be introduced to ensure breaches of the textile labelling regulation can be dealt with swiftly.

 

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Hen charity starts work on first rehoming centre

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 The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) has begun work on its first hen welfare and education centre. Located in north Devon, the 250 square metre building will comprise a state-of-the-art rehoming centre and fully equipped veterinary clinic.

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Former RCVS president to chair new Horse Welfare Board

Former RCVS president Barry Johnson has been appointed as the independent chair of a new Horse Welfare Board. Barry, who is also past chairman of World Horse Welfare, was selected by an industry panel including the British Horseracing Authority, the Racecourse Association and The Horsemen’s Group.

The welfare board aims to develop a new welfare strategy covering the whole racing industry. Mr Johnson said: “I’m very pleased to have been asked by racing to take on this role and by the sport’s commitment to continuous improvement in the welfare of racehorses."