Photo © Dyrevernalliansen/Iselin Linstad Hauge
Yesterday the Norwegian Parliament passed the Fur Farming Prohibition Act, banning the practise in Norway from February 2025 onwards.
It’s a victory for Dyrevernalliansen (the Norwegian Animal Protection Alliance), Eurogroup for Animals’ Norwegian member organisation, which has been working to end fur farming for two decades.
The impossibility of solving the animal welfare concerns of keeping active carnivores in small cages was the main reason the majority of the Parliament voted in favour of the government’s ban on fur. “Fox and mink are carnivores with behavioural needs that cannot be met in captivity. Foxes live in family groups and mink are solitary,” explains Anton Krag of Dyrevernalliansen. “You can’t let 20,000 minks out to pasture. To produce pelts, fox and mink have to be kept in cages, which are highly unsuitable to these animals.”
Norwegian fur farming supplies 1% of the world market and comprises 167 fur farms, many fewer than ten years ago, when there were more than 500. 99% of Norwegian fur is exported mainly to Asian markets, and over 300 retailers in Norway have committed to not selling real fur.
The majority of the Norwegian Parliament also voted in favour of a proposed plan to compensate the existing fur farmers. Although they are not entitled to compensation by law, they will still receive considerable amounts from the state starting at the end of this year.
“By the end of 2024 there will be no more fur farms in the country,” Krag says. “We hope that the closing down of the Norwegian industry inspires other countries. Fur farming is a disgrace for our Scandinavian neighbours Sweden, Finland and Denmark.”
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