Council Regulation (EEC) No 3254/91 prohibits the importation of furs and fur products from some wild animal species originating in countries where they are caught by leg-hold traps or trapping methods that do not meet international standards of humane trapping.
The control covers 13 species of fur-bearing animals and applies to their raw fur and products made from it. It does not apply to animals born and bred in captivity. The controlled species are:
EU animal fur prohibitions
|Common name||Latin name|
|Bobcat||Felis rufus or Lynx rufus|
|Musk rat||Ondatra zibethecus|
|Otter||Lutra canadensis or Lontra canadensis|
Strict rules are in also place in the European Union to ensure that animals kept for fur production are kept, trapped and slaughtered humanely. Special recommendations cover requirements for mink, ferret, foxes and chinchilla, amongst others.