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6 January 2002
Fur Farming Banned in England and Wales from 2003

The ban on fur farming will come into force on January 1, 2003, under the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Act 2000 (Commencement) Order 2001.

From January 2003, it will be illegal in England and Wales to keep animals solely or primarily for slaughter for the value of their fur.

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 this ban."

"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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