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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Fur Compromise

BRUSSELS, Belgium -- European Union foreign ministers agreed on a new compromise proposal Monday to be put to Russian and Canadian trappers in connection with EU regulations on imports of furs from animals caught by traps, a diplomatic source said.

The proposal is aimed at making rapid conclusion possible of an agreement with Russian and Canadian fur producers on application of the EU ban on imports of furs from animals caught by traps with jaws, which the Europeans consider too cruel.

The EU banned such imports in 1995, but last year it agreed to negotiate directly with Russia, Canada and the United States in a search for agreement on less cruel trapping methods in accordance with international standards.