SIR - Every kind and decent person agrees that there is no place in modern Britain for fur or foie gras, both of which are products of appalling cruelty. They are unnecessary and so disgustingly abusive that they are illegal to produce in the UK.

The government has long promised to close our borders to such atrocities by implementing an import ban on both - legislation which is welcomed by everyone in this country except the inherently selfish.

If the government were to backtrack, it would be betraying not only the animals, who desperately need a caring nation to defend them, but also the public, which has made its opposition to these items clear, simply to pander to the interests of a vile, vocal Conservative cabal callous enough to allow animals to be exploited in these - and other - industries.

Elisa Allen, Director, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), London