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Labor to ban imported dog and cat fur products.



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Media Release by…

ALAN GRIFFIN MP Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs

9 May 2004

Labor to ban imported dog and cat fur products

The importation of dog and cat fur products will be banned under a Latham Labor Government, the Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs, Alan Griffin, announced today.

Current laws do not prevent the importation, manufacture or sale of products made from dog and cat skin and fur, a practice which has rightly caused controversy and outrage.

A Labor government will declare the importation to Australia of dog and cat fur products illegal.

The United States and many European nations have already legislated to ban dog and cat fur products, and it is likely the European Union parliament will institute a ban soon.

This ban is necessary to protect Australian consumers from fraud as the makers of these products attempt to deceive consumers by falsely labelling them as originating from fictitious animals.

There is also evidence of health risks associated with dog and cat fur products, with high levels of chromium found in some toys.

Labor is committed to ending the cruel and deceptive trade in dog and cat fur.

For further information please contact: Alan Griffin: 0419 353 476