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England to Ban Domestic Animal Fur Imports
Britain Moves to Ban Dog and Cat Fur
A British government spokesperson recently announced that the importation of domestic animal pelts from China will soon be outlawed. "The Government agrees that the import, export and trade in domestic cat and dog fur is abhorrent," said Foreign Office Minister Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean, who also said that the ban would be very similar to the one imposed by the United States in 1998. "The law will have to be changed to bring about a ban, which could be on the statute book by September 2002," stated another Foreign Office official. "Measures that could be taken to enforce it could include DNA checks on fur on sale by trading standards inspectors." Recent deoxyribonucleic acid testing conducted by The Humane Society of the United States on a fur coat collar sold in a store in Londonšs West End revealed that the collar contained DOG FUR. The test result supported claims by The Royal Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) that up to two million cats and dogs are slaughtered in China each year to provide fur products to stores in Europe. "There is no doubt that CAT AND DOG FUR is used in clothing on sale in the high street, and we welcome all moves to stop this trade," said an RSPCA spokesperson.
THANKS TO YOU, THERE'S GOOD NEWS FOR RIGHT WHALES:
Thanks to public input, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has strengthened its regulations regarding fishing operations and right whales. The new regulations will make it easier for entangled whales to break free from fishing gear lines, and may prevent future tragedies like the anguished death of Churchill, a whale who died after being entangled in fishing gear off the coast of New England. Keep taking action for animals-it makes a difference!
HUMANElines February 6, 2002
A project of The Humane Society of the United States
and The Fund for Animals(202)955-3666
CHIMPANZEE SANCTUARY SYSTEM GETS $5 MILLION
President Bush has signed into law a bill that includes $5 million for FY 2002 to begin building the national chimpanzee sanctuary system authorized in the last Congress by H.R. 3514. The funds, contained in the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill (H.R. 3061), will help ensure that construction moves forward as quickly as possible, to give chimpanzees formerly used in biomedical research a chance to live out the remainder of their lives in a peaceful, natural setting (see issues 98 & 124). For more information on this issue, visit
Fur Farming Banned in England and Wales from 2003
From January 2003, it will be illegal in England and Wales
to keep animals solely or primarily for slaughter for the value of their fur.
SOURCE: 10 Downing Street NewsRoom
Two of Manhattan's trendiest clubs, SPA and CENTRO-FLY, are publicizing their no-fur entry policies,
snagging stars such as hip-hop mogul Sean ``Puff Daddy'' Combs at the door, prompting hope among animal rights activists that venues on the hip circuit sign on. But while Combs obeyed the ``No Fur'' plaque at Spa, some of the club's eye-candy clientele, including supermodel Naomi Campbell, have recently thrown hissy fits at the door protesting the policy, said club owner Steve Lewis.
Source: Yahoo News
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