The ban on fur farming will come into force on January
1, 2003, under the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Act 2000 (Commencement)
From January 2003, it will be illegal in England and
Wales to keep animals solely or primarily for slaughter for the value of
After January 1, 2002, fur farmers who incur losses as a
result of the ban will be able to submit claims for compensation, as set
out in the Fur Farming (Compensation Scheme) (England) Order 2001. These
Orders were made under the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Act 2000, which
received Royal Assent on November 23, 2000.
The Compensation Scheme Order sets out the conditions
for entitlements to compensation and the categories of income and
non-income losses for which compensation is payable. The rest of the
Order looks at the procedure for fur farmers to make claims for
compensation and for the Minister to deal with such claims.
Fur farmers can close at any time between November 23,
2000, and January 1, 2003, when the ban comes into force, without losing
eligibility for compensation. The legislation provides for disputes over
compensation to be settled by arbitration or the Lands Tribunal.
Animal Welfare Minister Elliot Morley said:
"I am pleased that fur farming will be banned from 2003.
Fur farming is not consistent with a proper value and respect for animal
life and it is right and proper for the Government to have introduced
"However, the Government recognizes the need for fair
compensation to be made available to the fur farmers put out of business
by this ban. The views of interested parties have been taken into
account in producing the compensation scheme and I consider that it is a
fair and reasonable scheme."
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