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September 09, 2020 - Sky News

'I saw animals in cages, stressed and suffering': Former fur trade boss calls for UK sales ban

'I saw animals in cages, stressed and suffering': Former fur trade boss calls for UK sales ban
Rabbit clawed from cageCredit: PETA

The former CEO of the British Fur Trade Association has called on the prime minister to ban fur sales in the UK. Mike Moser, who worked in the fur industry for a decade, described it as "anachronistic, barbaric and unnecessary".

In an exclusive broadcast interview with Sky News, he said: "I visited fur farms across the globe. I saw animals in cages, stressed and suffering...prime minister I'm calling upon you to stop this inconsistency, to stop this cruel practise and to ban the sale of fur - now."

Fur farming was banned in the UK in 2000 after a consultation found overwhelming public support for the move. However, the UK still imports foreign-farmed fur including fox, rabbit, mink, racoon and chinchilla, which Mr Moser believes is "inconsistent, ambiguous, and hypocritical". 

He told Sky News: "Fur is not a necessity. It's for vanity. In 2020, there is no justification for fur - full stop. That an animal is caged for its entire life is wrong." He says the fur trade "has no place in modern society" and "is out of place and out of time."

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