On Thursday 9th July, Sir David Amess, MP for Southend West, spoke at Business Questions and called for a debate on the export of live animals. Sir David has been a champion for animal rights and welfare his whole life and has been outspoken about the topic continuously during his Parliamentary career.
Sir David has signed the Early Day Motion against real fur imports. It urges the Government to introduce legislation to ban the imports and sales of real fur products. The UK has banned the main methods of fur production, namely leg-hold trapping and fur factory farming, due to their cruelty. Therefore, the import of real fur should not be allowed.
The fur industry in the UK has significantly declined over the last 40 years and is now rejected by the majority of global fashion houses and UK high street retailers. A comprehensive fur ban will help maintain the UK as a global leader in the promotion of animal welfare.
Sir David said “Will my Rt hon. Friend find time for a debate on the live exports of animals. I was horrified to learn that yet again we are going to have more consultation on the subject. All Members are being inundated with emails about the import of real fur. Exporting live animals is cruel. It needs to stop. We don’t need any more consultation”.
Jacob Rees-Mogg replied “My hon Friend makes his case as always with passion and energy … One of the many advantages of leaving the European Union is that we will be able to make these types of laws for ourselves and we won’t have to give way to a higher power. And his energetic championing of these issues in Parliament will have its consequences”.