Fur Farming (Prohibition) Act 2000

The Fur Farming (Prohibition) Act 2000 (c. 33) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom to "prohibit the keeping of animals solely or primarily for slaughter for the value of their fur" in England and Wales. It received Royal Assent on 23 November 2000.

Fur Farming (Prohibition) Act
Long titleAn Act to prohibit the keeping of animals solely or primarily for slaughter for the value of their fur; to provide for the making of payments in respect of the related closure of certain businesses; and for connected purposes.
Territorial extentEngland and Wales
Royal assent23 November 2000
Other legislation
Relates toFur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Act 2002
Status: Amended
Text of the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Act 2000 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from legislation.gov.uk.

A public consultation in 1998 found that there was "overwhelming public support to end the practice."[1] Prior to the ban, there were 11 fur farms in the UK, producing up to 100,000 mink skins each year.[2]

The act only extends to England and Wales. Fur farming was later prohibited in Scotland by the Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Scotland) Act 2002. The last fur farm in Scotland closed in 1993, but rural development minister Ross Finnie nevertheless said the Scottish act was "very necessary", adding that "It would be somewhat perverse to have one part of the UK paying compensation to ban fur farming only to allow it to relocate and start up a fresh business in another part of the UK."[3]

Fur farming was also banned in Northern Ireland in 2002 under the Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Northern Ireland) Order 2002.[4]


  1. ^ "Fur farming ban pledge". BBC News Online. 31 July 1998.
  2. ^ "Campaigners hail fur ban bill". BBC News Online. 22 November 2000.
  3. ^ "Fur flying over 'unnecessary' ban". BBC News Online. 30 January 2002.
  4. ^ "The Fur Farming (Prohibition) (Northern Ireland) Order 2002". Legislation.gov.uk. HM Government. Retrieved 12 March 2017.

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