A number of people have contacted me about the fur trade.

The importation of fur products is tightly regulated, and it’s currently illegal to import furs derived from cats or dogs, or products made from them.  Additionally fur and skin of endangered animals or fish cannot be imported without a valid permit.

Under European regulations it is prohibited to import these products from a number of wild animal species from countries where they are caught by leg-hold traps, or trapping methods that don’t meet international standards of humane trapping. Strict rules are in also place in the European Union to ensure that animals kept for fur production are kept, trapped and slaughtered humanely.

Post Brexit it will be for the Government to consider future policies, taking into account the outcome of exit negotiations. I am not aware of any intention to lessen existing standards, and I will continue to monitor the position as it develops.