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.