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27-02-2009 - EU-wide ban on the trade of cat and dog fur

EU-wide ban on the trade of

cat and dog fur

A comprehensive EU ban on imports, exports

and intra-Community trade in cat and dog fur

and products containing such fur entered into

force on 1 January 20094.

The European Commission proposed a ban on

cat and dog fur in November 2006, due to

evidence that cat and dog fur was being placed

on the European market, usually undeclared or

disguised as synthetic or other types of fur.

Diverging national bans on cat and dog fur

threatened to disrupt the single market. The vast

majority of cat and dog fur is believed to be

imported from third countries, notably China,

where the rearing of these animals for their fur

is practiced. The Commission's proposal for a

regulation was adopted by the European

Parliament and the Council of the European

Union on 11 December 2007.

It assures EU citizens that cat and dog fur will

no longer be sold anywhere in the EU through a

harmonised approach, prohibiting all

production, marketing and imports and exports

of cat and dog fur in the EU.


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