British stars are speaking out in an effort to get fur banned in the United Kingdom.
Judi Dench, Rickey Gervais and more have written to British Prime Minister Theresa May asking for a ban on all U.K. fur imports, reports the Irish Examiner.
Along with the thirty-one stars that signed the open letter to Prime Minister May asking for the ban on all fur imports to the U.K., the Fur Free Britain campaign is also backed by numerous animal advocacy groups, including People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), The Jane Goodall Institute U.K., Humane Society International U.K. and more.
If Prime Minster May heeds this call to action, imports of fox, rabbit, minks, raccoon dogs and chinchillas furs could cease. This would build off the current bans on the import of fur from dogs and cats, and those obtained during seal hunts according to the Irish Examiner.
The open letter, which is also signed by stars like Simon Pegg, is in support of the current U.K. Government and Parliament petition searching to reach 100,000 signatures by March 23. If the petition receives 100,000 or more signatures (which it appears to have done as of March 13) there will be a Parliamentary debate on the current state of the fur trade in the U.K.
“Their words echo the calls from the vast majority of the British public who want to see an end to animal fur being imported on to our shores,” a Fur Free Britain campaign spokesperson told the paper about the recent rash of celebrity support. “The U.K. banned fur farming almost two decades ago because of animal suffering, but we continue to import that same cruelty from other countries such as Canada, China, Poland, and the U.S., where the appalling suffering continues.”