Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

Magazine article The Spectator

Banned Wagon

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A weekly survey of the things our rulers want to prohibit

THERE isn't believed to be a large Eskimo community in Britain, but any who reside here may find that they have an excellent case for racial discrimination.

It is not usual these days for a government minister to go out of his way to slight the way of life of an entire ethnic grouping, but that is exactly what the animal welfare minister Elliot Morley did when announcing that the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Act 2000 will come into force on 1 January next year.

'I am pleased that fur farming will be banned from 2003,' he said. `Fur farming is not consistent with a proper value and respect for animal life and it is right and proper for the government to have introduced this ban.'

In other words, all peoples who live on the world's northern fringes, and who have survived there thanks only to wearing animal fur, must by definition be guilty of disrespecting animals, which, to judge by this government's legislative programme, is just about the worst offence man may commit. …

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