Chinese Government won’t promise to stop barbaric fur trade despite EU ban

Brussels, 4rd July 2007 — China has sneered at the EU cat and dog fur ban approved unanimously at the European Parliament in Strasbourg a fortnight ago, according to Conservative MEP Sir Robert Atkins.

Millions of people across Europe disgusted by reports of the horrific slaughter of these animals signed petitions, sent emails and wrote letters during an eight year campaign.

The ban on cat and dog fur imports, exports and trade will become law in all 27 Member States by the end of next year and is predicted to save the lives of more than two million cats and dogs every year in China.

Animal welfare charities said the EU ban sent a clear message to the Chinese government, but Vice Director-General of the State Forestry Administration Department in China, Mr Wang Wei, told Conservatives that the decision to close the EU’s borders to these products was Europe’s business and he could not guarantee the trade could stop in China.

Despite earlier reassurances that China abhorred the practice and looked forward to Europe introducing a comprehensive ban, the European Parliament was told that existing laws allow the captive breeding of animals, that China is different from other countries as wildlife products are used in traditional Chinese medicines and that they have moved from using wildlife to captive resources for this purpose.

It was also stated that skinning animals alive is not a common practice in China.

Sir Robert said:

“We have clearly touched a raw nerve with the Chinese Government on this issue and despite the successful implementation of our EU ban, there remains much work to do to convince the Chinese to put a stop to this horrific business once and for all.

“Slaughter of these animals is barbaric, with cats strangled outside their cages as other cats look on and dogs noosed with metal wires are slashed across the groin until they bleed to death as the wire noose cuts into their throat.”

Pelts used from these tortured creatures have appeared in EU stores as full-length coats, homeopathic arthritis aids, hair bows for children, toy cat figurines and linings for boots and gloves.

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