Real Furs May Be Being Sold In Chiswick School Car Boot Sale

Local says it is 'wholly inappropriate' in era of conservation and animal rights

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A local resident has expressed concern that, what she is convinced are real animal furs, are on sale in the Chiswick Car Boot Sale.

The furs, which have been made into fur coats and stoles include fur she identified as Astrakhan - the pelt of a foetal or new born lamb sourced in central Asia, she says.

She alleges that the furs are not vintage, and that it is "upsetting and wholly inappropriate in these times of conservation. What is this teaching our children?".

She says she approached the parent volunteers three years ago and was told they could not monitor every single van on arrival. However, she feels that the vendor could be asked to leave once the wares were identified as fur. She also wrote to the chair of the school governors but said she did not receive a reply.

Having not visited the car boot sale for a long time, she was alarmed to visit in December and saw the furs still on sale. These photographs were taken from that recent visit.

We have emailed the car boot sale organisers for comment and also the school governors and will report back.

In 2918, animal rights campaigners welcomed a report from MPs calling for a consultation on an all-out ban on the sale of real fur. The Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (Efra) has recommended that the Government should hold a public consultation on whether to outlaw the sale and import of real animal fur in the UK post Brexit.

The inquiry into the UK fur trade was launched following investigations that uncovered real fur was being sold as fake fur by retailers including Amazon, TK Maxx, BooHoo and Kurt Geiger.

The report said that: “A new mandatory labelling regime that identifies fur and other animal products accurately should be introduced post-Brexit”.

Humane Society International UK's executive director Claire Bass said: “The UK was the first country in the world to ban fur farming [in 2003], after the British public, politicians and veterinary experts concluded that it is an inhumane and completely unnecessary industry.

"It is total double standard for us to still be importing and selling fur from animals still suffering the same conditions we banned here.

The position regarding the sale of real fur in car-boot sales is unclear, and we are attempting to clarify this.

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January 5, 2020

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