Eurogroup for Animals and the Fur Free Alliance urge Sweden to phase out fur farming
In a letter to the Swedish Minister for Rural Affairs, Eurogroup for Animals and Fur Free Alliance urge the Minister to listen to the Swedish citizens and phase out mink farming.
A majority of Swedes do not think it should be allowed to breed minks in cages for their fur, according to a recent poll conducted by the survey company Demoskop on behalf of the Swedish animal rights organization Djurens Rätt.
The opposition to fur farming was found among supporters of all parties in the Swedish parliament. 8 of 10 Swedes do not think that fur farming should be allowed.
“The fact that a majority of the supporters to all the political parties in the Swedish Parliament would like to see fur farming phased out is a strong message to the Swedish Government. Sweden has previously taken important steps that have led to the closing down of the fox farms and of the chinchilla farms. I hope that Sweden will continue taking the lead on animal welfare by phasing out the battery cages for minks”, said Joh Vinding, Chair for the Fur Free Alliance.
A number of countries in the world have phased out fur farming, including Britain, Croatia, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In an additional number of countries there are discussions of phasing out, and public opinion against fur farming is strong in the rest of Europe
”The mink is an active carnivore whose species specific needs cannot be met in the battery wire mesh cages on fur farms. A decision to phase out fur farming would be in line with scientific research, EU legislation and formal recommendations, as well as with the views of the Swedish citizens“, said Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals.
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. The Swedish animal rights organization Djurens Rätt is a member of Eurogroup for Animals and the Fur Free Alliance.
Facts about the poll
The opinion poll shows that the resistance to mink farming is slightly higher among women; 87 percent of women do not want this to be allowed, compared to 69 percent among men. Age is also a factor. Among those over age 65 the resistance is at 69 per cent and then it gradually increases to 85 percent for Swedes under the age of 30. The opposition to fur farming was found among supporters of all parties in the parliament even if the resistance was greatest among Green Party voters with 91 percent, and lowest among Christian Democrats voters, at 60 percent.
The survey was conducted by the survey company Demoskop on behalf of Djurens Rätt during the period from 31 March to 8 April 2015. 1000 telephone interviews were conducted with people from 15 years upwards.
76% of the Conservative Party (Moderaterna) voters want to phase out fur farming
73% of the Liberal Party voters want to phase out fur farming
60% of Christian Democrats voters want to wind fur farming
76% of Centre Party voters want to wind fur farming
91% of the Green Party voters want to wind fur farming
82% of Social Democrats voters want to wind fur farming
87% of Left Party voters want to wind fur farming
64% of the Sweden Democrats voters want to wind fur farming
Source: Djurens Rätt / Demoskop 2015
A decision to phase out fur farming would be in line with scientific research, EU legislation and formal recommendations, as well as with the views of the Swedish citizens.Reineke Hameleers, Director at Eurogroup for Animals