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Pelt vote: Sale of fur banned in Islington markets

Animal rights activists celebrated as the council rubber-stamped plans

18 September, 2019 — By Calum Fraser

Animal rights activists celebrating outside the Town Hall

ANIMAL rights activists celebrated as the council rubber-stamped plans to ban the sale of fur in the borough’s street markets.

Ex-Islington Green student Tania Haq was outraged when she wandered through markets in the borough and found real fur items being sold.

She contacted the council and started a campaign that led to a petition that was signed
by more than 3,000 people calling for the outright ban of the products.

“I saw so much fur being sold, especially in Chapel Market,” She said. “Every winter we’re seeing more and more fur, people buying it cheaply from markets.”

Ms Haq is part of a group called the Anti- Speciesist Alliance, which campaigns for animal rights.

Fur farming was banned in the UK in 2000, but it is still legal to sell some types of real fur that have been imported, provided they’re accurately labelled.

Councillors voted unanimously to approve the ban.

Existing traders in Islington will have to comply with the new rules by the start of January 2020. The ban will be enforced on any new applicants for a street trading licences by October.

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