The Director General of foreign trade under the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry in India has issued a notification on January 3, which states that the import of skins of reptiles, chinchillas, mink and fox is banned. Currently, India’s import policy allows import of “raw hides, skins, leather, and fur skins” of reptiles, mink, fox and other fur skins (whole, with or without head, tail or paws) but they are subject to India’s wild life (protection) act, 1972 and CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora). CITES is basically an International agreement between governments and it aims to insure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival.
“Worldwide millions of minks and foxes are kept in filthy and wire-floored cages until they are gassed and finally slaughtered for their fur – Humane Society International (HSI)”
Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry had already received a letter by Union Women and Child Development Ministry to take action against exotic fur. In the meanwhile, animal rights organizations were also urging the central government to take clear action against import of exotic fur. The Ministry of Environment and Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC), Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) and India’s nodal body for animal welfare also supported the need of ban against import of exotic fur.
“We commend the Directorate General of Foreign Trade and MoEFCC for its firm commitment in abolishing the import of exotic skins. The exotic fur, skin and leather industry slaughters, bludgeons and skins millions of animals every year in the name of frivolous fashion. Nations across the world are switching to cruelty-free alternatives and we are glad that India is gradually emulating similar policies to reduce and eliminate unnecessary pain and suffering to animals. – Gauri Maulekhi, HSI India”
Source: Fur Free Alliance India declares ban against importing exotic fur.