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‘Public don’t agree with calls to ban sales of fur’

IMAGINE having to employ security guards at your home because you’ve had razor blades sent in the post.

And imagine having such high-profile figures as Stella McCartney and Vivienne Westwood as your enemies.

Well, for furrier Frank Zilberkweit, it’s reality.

The first incident happened when the anti-fur protests were at their height around 20 years ago. But the latter occurred just this week.

For the designers, along with others such as Katharine Hamnett and Christopher Raeburn, called on Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ban the sale of fur in the UK — again.

Frank, the 72-year-old chairman of the British Fur Trade Association, said: “This is not exactly something new.

“Stella has been my nemesis for 20-odd years.

“Fur sales in London have quintupled, so the general public doesn’t agree with them.

“All these people have tried and failed to stop the fur trade.

“These people who are against fur trade are totally uninformed.

“I’ve always made it my business over the years to show whoever I’ve worked with the farms and to show them what’s going on — I wanted all of them to understand what they were engaging with, because I wanted them to be comfortable and really understand how our industry functions and how it works, and whether it was humane or inhumane, whether the welfare was of a high quality or low quality.

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