Lord Mayor of Portsmouth opposes wearing real fur

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THE Lord Mayor of Portsmouth said she is opposed to wearing real fur.

Councillor Lynne Stagg wrote a letter to Peta, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, stating she would not have real fur on the collar of her ceremonial robes.

The decision came after Peta wrote to Lord Mayors across the UK requesting they use fake fur on their robes.

In its letter Peta wrote: ‘So strong is our moral objection to gassing, drowning and electrocuting animals and ripping the skin off their backs that Parliament passed an act banning fur farming.

‘For council leaders to wear fur-trimmed robes not only goes against British values but also diminishes the meaning of the ban.’

Lord Mayor Stagg was one of 17 who responded positively to the letter.