Boris Johnson ‘drops promises of cruelty to animals’ from Queen’s Speech to please right-wingers

The Prime Minister had promised to ban imports of foie gras and fur – but both are said to have been removed from the Animals Abroad Act ahead of the speech after the Prime Minister caved in before complaining Tory ministers

Boris Johnson has dropped his promise to fight animal cruelty in the Queen’s speech, it has been reported.

The prime minister had promised to ban imports of foie gras and fur.

But both were said to have been struck out of the Animals Abroad Act ahead of the speech after the Prime Minister gave in to complaining Tory ministers.

Cabinet ministers, led by Jacob Rees-Mogg, Commons leader Mark Spencer and Scottish secretary Alister Jack, are said to have moaned that the ban on cruel food and clothing was “fundamentally unconservative”.

In the UK it is already illegal to produce foie gras and farm fur.

But the UK imports about 200 tonnes of the pâté a year, mainly from France and Spain, where it is made by force-feeding geese and ducks until their livers have grown to several times their normal size.

Activists – including a recent intervention by After Life Starts Ricky Gervais and Peter Egan – have long called for a ban on overseas products.

Jacob Rees-Mogg is said to have complained about the planned ban


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In February, Gervais and Egan wrote to the government branding foie gras a “cruel and unnecessary product”.

And today, Oscar winner Kim Basinger backed the Mirror’s campaign to ban the sale of furs in the UK.

The Hollywood star has urged Boris Johnson “not to betray the animals”.

Kim, 68, urged the prime minister not to abandon the proposed ban on fur imports.

She said: “Please, Boris, listen to the British people. Please ensure the Animal Abroad Bill is in the Queen’s Speech next week.

“Be the voice of the majority of your people. Stop cruelty and suffering in the name of vanity and greed.

“Britain must stop buying from Finland, China and the US to stop the bloodbath. It’s so antiquated. Until we stop exchanging blood between countries, the suffering will not stop.”

The Batman star also urged the Prime Minister to consider how he would feel if his dog Dilyn was locked in a cage.

Defense Secretary Ben Wallace is said to have also raised concerns about the import ban on black bear pelts used by military guardsmen.

It was revealed last month that Mr Johnson had endorsed the use of real black bear pelt to make ceremonial hats worn by the Queen’s Guard.

Animal rights campaigning group PETA named Johnson’s wife Carrie – a passionate animal rights activist – as its “Person of the Year” last year.

A government spokesman told the BBC a final decision on imports had not yet been made.

They said the government was “united in its commitment to uphold its world-leading animal welfare standards”.

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