Ricky Gervais denounces “hypocrisy” of the fur trade in the United Kingdom while foxes are “beaten or electrocuted”


The Mirror’s call for a ban on fur sales is supported by the public and a host of celebrities in overwhelming pleas to end cruelty to animals.While fur farming is banned in Britain, the skins trade is not – but seven out of 10 people today say so.

Supporting our campaign, actor Ricky Gervais said, “How can Britain still sell fur when we have banned fur farming for cruelty?”

“This is total hypocrisy and that is why I wholeheartedly support the #FurFreeBritain campaign.”

The After Life star, 59, added, “I will never understand why someone would want to wear fur – a beautiful fox that was beaten or electrocuted, a mink that was gassed to death, or a coyote who suffered from a leg – turn the trap over and shoot in the head.

“How can you want to wear this on your hat or coat?” “

Ricky Gervais supported our campaign and criticized “total hypocrisy”

Dame Judi Dench, 85, also supported. She said: “I am proud that the United Kingdom was the first country in the world to ban fur farming and I hope that we will be the first to ban the sale of furs. Fur farming is cruel and unnecessary. ”

Some 72% deplore the deaths of foxes, raccoon dogs, mink and rabbits among other creatures in what many see as a “cruel and outdated” industry.

And 93% say they have never worn or are wearing more fur, according to a YouGov survey of 2,000 people.

The Mirror campaign to stop the importation of fur products was launched yesterday in collaboration with the charity Humane Society International UK.

The images show a fox trapped inside a tiny cage on a fur farm in Asia

We are also calling for an end to animals trapped for their skin here, and for action to be taken against companies that knowingly believe that real fur is fake.

Images obtained by the charity’s investigators revealed horrific scenes on Asian fur farms.

Foxes and raccoon dogs lived in appalling conditions and endured painful deaths.

Foxes were repeatedly filmed with batons over the head, resulting in catastrophic injuries but not instant death in many cases.

Dead bodies pile up after most inhumane death

And other animals were kicked and cut with knives, or even skinned alive.

Ghost Environment Secretary Luke Pollard joined our campaign, saying, “The animal suffering revealed during yesterday’s investigation is truly disgusting.

“This obsolete and unnecessary business should have no place in the British fashion industry.

“The last Labor government banned fur farming in the UK and the Labor Party pledged support for a #FurFreeBritain in order to send a message that we will not trade such horrible treatment of animals.

The Mirror calls for #FurFreeBritain

“We urge the government to signal its commitment to a ban on the sale of furs, starting with a public consultation.”

Watching the footage with his head in his hands, Rick E’s co-star 73-year-old Peter Egan said it was one of the worst movies he has ever seen.

Made in Chelsea star Lucy Watson burst into tears. She said, “If you buy from the fur industry, you essentially pay for the torture. “

Judi Dench hopes UK will be the first to ban fur sales

Last year Pete Wicks of The Only Way Is Essex, who uncovered cruelty for a Daily Mirror / Humane Society investigation of Finnish fur farms, was so dismayed by the suffering that he had to divert the look several times during the shooting.

He added, “The fact that things like this are going on is beyond me. ”

Television host and wildlife activist Chris Packham also pledged his support. He said, “There is no cell in my body that understands this lack of compassion for another living being, that you could be so abjectly cruel and disrespectful to his life. “

Chris Packham said there was no “cell in my body that understands this lack of compassion for another living being”

Singer Paloma Faith, tennis ace Sir Andy Murray, legend of Queen Brian May, chimpanzee expert Dr Jane Goodall and singer Joss Stone are also supporting the campaign.

Singer Leona Lewis said, “I love all animals and I think they should be treated with kindness and respect. So I would never wear fur.

“This is why I am proud to support the #FurFreeBritain campaign for a ban on the sale of furs in the UK.”

To date, nearly 750,000 people have signed a petition calling for the ban.

Last year Pete Wicks of The Only Way Is Essex exposed his cruelty to a Daily Mirror / Humane Society investigation of Finnish fur farms

Singer Joss Stone also supported the campaign

The campaign also has the support of 86 multi-party MPs, including Tory Tracey Crouch, Maria Eagle of Labor, Dr. Lisa Cameron of the SNP and former Lib chief Dem Tim Timron, who added their names to a motion to start day calling for a ban on the import and sale of fur products.

Clare Bass, head of the Humane Society International / UK, said: “The British public has long found cruel fur not cool – and this is clearly reflected in the latest polls showing that 72% support a ban on the sale of fur.

“For the majority of people, fur is something they could find in a box in granny’s attic, but it has no place in contemporary closets, and this poll clearly reflects the collective repulsion that the public has for trade. It is obvious.

The animals are clearly suffering, we clearly do not need their fur, so why continue to finance such a cruel, outdated and useless industry?

“Any fashion brand or designer currently closing the opportunity to sell animal fur should take a close look at these survey results from a business perspective.

“The public relations rotation of the fur trade has failed to shake the solid public perception that this is an industry that has no place in modern fashion. “


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