Fur mislabelling inquiry begins following Sky News investigation
7 March 2018, 02:01
MPs will today begin an inquiry into the mislabelling of real animal fur, following a Sky News investigation.
For the past year, Sky News has highlighted mass-farmed foreign fur being mis-sold to consumers as synthetic by major UK retailers.
Products advertised as "faux" fur were tested by a fibres expert and found to be rabbit, mink, fox, raccoon dog, and most consistent with cat.
Announcing the inquiry, the chairman of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Neil Parish MP, said: "Sky News has really highlighted the problem of real fur being passed off as fake fur, and it is essential that Government and retailers do more to stamp this out."
Sky News' coverage of the issue will be presented to the committee, as well as oral evidence from the charity Humane Society International.
Representatives from retailers House of Fraser, Boohoo and Missguided, will also be questioned - all stores Sky News found had mislabelled fur as synthetic.
All the retailers highlighted say they have strict no-fur policies, would never knowingly mislead customers, and removed the items we featured once we notified them of our findings.
Fur farming was banned in the UK in 2000, but Humane Society International argues that the UK is still importing fur from countries with arguably worse animal welfare standards and are calling for a fur imports ban.
The charity's executive director said: "Sky News have really put the fake faux fur scandal on the map. The public interest has been huge, so we're pleased that Parliament is taking these concerns seriously.
"This inquiry will present compelling evidence to ban fur imports, trail blazing a moral standard against an outdated trade that has no place in modern society."
Among other issues, the committee will look at whether labelling of fur and faux fur products can be improved and how this would be enforced.
It will also examine current laws relating to the fur trade and what changes, if any, Brexit may bring.
Representatives from the fur industry are due to give evidence to the inquiry on 28 March before recommendations are made to the Government.
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