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

by May 15 2009

27-02-2009 - 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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