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European Import ban

Since a few years there is a discussion in the Dutch Parliament about an import on ban on dog- and cat fur. Especially The Socialistic Party (SP) and The Green Party (Groen Links) did a strong appeal since 2004 for a national import ban. In January 2009 there finally came an established import ban on dog- and cat fur. The law prohibits import and so they prohibit the trade in or selling of dog and cat fur. That is a good development: So the law is at our side, but how is that law being maintained?

The law gets barely maintained

Now there is a import ban for the European Union you should expect that customs is checking for the presence of dog- and cat fur or checking for items that are the fabricated with dog- and cat fur or leather . But checks like that are rare, the Asians know that and are offering the forbidden articles to the market as made from or with Imitation fur. The skins of dogs-and cats are treated chemically, shaved and dyed in such a fashion that it doesn’t look like real fur anymore. On top of that the products get misleading labels or are not labeled at all.

Read more about the questions from Groen Links to minister Verburg