Reading Time: 2 minutes Gervais regularly uses his platform to speak out agains animal cruelty. Credit: Twitter
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A slew of celebrities including Brian May and Ricky Gervais are urging UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ban the sale of fur. 

While Britain banned fur farming two decades ago – it still allows the import of animal fur from overseas. 

Johnson has therefore received a letter demanding he ‘fully support those charities calling for a #FurFreeBritain’. The letter has been signed by 50 British stars. These include Dame Judi Dench, Brian May CBE, Leona Lewis, Gary Lineker OBE, James Arthur, Thandie Newton OBE, Alesha Dixon, Ricky Gervais, Mollie King, and Dame Twiggy Lawson.

Ban the sale of fur

“It’s shocking to know that in fur farms and traps around the world, more than 100 million animals suffer and die every year for the frivolous fur trade, including for fur sold here in the UK,” the letter reads.

“The UK imports fur from Poland, China, Finland, and beyond, where countless investigations have revealed the terrible suffering endured by these animals. 

“Their blood is on our hands for as long as Britain is open for business with the fur trade. “

“The British public agrees. Polls show that 72 percent of Brits support a ban on the sale of fur. And, 93 percent of the population reject wearing fur altogether. 

“Now that Britain has left the European Union’s single market… Your government has the opportunity and authority to introduce a fur sales ban. 

“Please act now to make Britain the first country in the world to ban the sale of fur, and call time on a cruel and outdated trade that has no place in any civilised society in the 21st century.”

Ricky Gervais

In a statement sent to PBN, Gervais said “Banning the sale of fur in the UK doesn’t even require debate. It’s a no-brainer. 

“Should the UK be selling fur from animals who have been anally electrocuted, gassed to death, beaten to death, and may even have had COVID-19? No it shouldn’t, let’s get the ban done”

“Banning the sale of fur in the UK doesn’t even require debate, it’s a no-brainer.”

Ricky Gervais, Comedian & Actor

‘Britain’s got compassion’

Singer-songwriter Alesha Dixon added: “Britain’s decision two decades ago to ban fur farming, has been an inspiration to numerous other countries that have followed our compassionate lead. 

“But for as long as we allow fur to be sold in UK shops from animals who have suffered overseas… The UK is still responsible for fur cruelty. 

“So now it’s time for us to show world leadership once again by banning fur sales. Britain’s got compassion, and with a fur sales ban we have the power to stop animals suffering for fashion.”

‘Cruel and unecessary’

Moreover, Claire Bass is the executive director of Humane Society International/UK. The organization has also signed the anti-fur letter.

 “Fur is cruel and unnecessary. And, a fur sales ban would command support from the vast majority of the public, politicians, designers, and retailers,” Bass said.

“This letter from some of the country’s top celebrities proudly backing a ban on fur cruelty sends a clear message to Boris Johnson. Britain must no longer be an accomplice in the suffering of millions of animals for frivolous fur fashion. When the selling stops, the suffering will too.”

Liam Gilliver

Liam is the Deputy Editor and Social Media Coordinator for Plant Based News. He has written for a number of top publications including Gay Times, Attitude Magazine, Oh Comely, and The Huffington Post - and is the author of 'We're Worried About Him'.