This morning the Dutch court announced its final decision on the appeal of the Government against the Dutch mink breeders. To the immense relief of the Fur Free Alliance, Eurogroup for Animals and the Dutch members Bont voor Dieren and Dierenbescherming, today’s victorious ruling is on the side of six million mink currently farmed in the Netherlands. The judge concluded that the general interest weighs more heavily than the economic interest of a minor group of mink farmers. The final verdict means that the fur industry in The Netherlands will definitely end in 2024: the mink ban is back in force.
Reineke Hameleers, director of Eurogroup for Animals said; ‘This is a major win for animal welfare in Europe. We know that the European citizens do not want fur farming in Europe, so this is an important step forward. Not only is the mink ban now back in force, all expansions of mink farms carried out within this last year have become illegal and the industry will be closed down in 2024.’
The Netherlands is the world’s fourth largest mink producing country with an annual production of around 6 million mink. In 2012 the Dutch senate voted for a mink ban based on ethical grounds. Mink breeders were given a transition period of 12 years. In 2014 Dutch court overturned the mink ban stating that the compensation offered to mink breeders was insufficient. Today’s final ruling means mink farming will be put to a definite end in 2024.
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1. Eurogroup for Animals represents animal protection organisations in all EU Member States. Since its launch in 1980, the organisation has succeeded in encouraging the EU to adopt higher legal standards for animal protection. Eurogroup represents public opinion through its membership organisations across the Union, and has both the scientific and technical expertise to provide authoritative advice on issues relating to animal
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