Eurogroup for Animals and Fur Free Alliance call upon the Czech Republic to close down fur farms
A wave of protests and solidarity with animals was raised in the Czech Republic at the end of March, after the organisation OBRAZ published new footage from eight Czech fur farms. Videos show the alarming conditions in fur farms in the Czech Republic with sick, injured and stressed minks and foxes.
Videos showing cruelty to animals on fur farms have been published several times before by the Czech animal rights organization Svoboda zvířat, most recently in 2012. ”There is systematic animal abuse on fur farms, which is why the law needs changing to abolish these farms, as has already happened in many other European countries including Great Britain and Austria,” says Lucie Moravcová, Chair of Svoboda zvířat.
Joh Vinding, Chair of the Fur Free Alliance, and Reineke Hameleers, Director for Eurogroup for Animals, write in the letter to Minister Jurečka: “We have been monitoring the situation on Czech fur farms during the last few years as worrisome footage showing serious animal welfare problems has been released. We urge you to ban or phase out fur farming in the Czech Republic.”
Eurogroup for Animals, the leading animal welfare organization at EU level, and the Fur Free Alliance, an international coalition of animal protection organizations worldwide, represent 72 animal welfare organisations from all over the world.