Fur farming ban might come even sooner than in ten years!


Fur farming ban might come even sooner than in ten years!

12 May 2017
On 10 May, with 24 votes in favor and 49 against, the parliament of Estonia rejected the bill that would outlaw fur farming in Estonia over a period of ten years.

It was found that if animal welfare requirements are met, there is no need to ban fur farms. As it is impossible for the needs of mink and foxes to be met by the fur industry and welfare cannot be guaranteed, Loomus finds the ban might step in even sooner than in ten years.

As fur farms are unable to meet welfare requirements and they cannot guarantee animal wellbeing even with stricter requirements, we might see fur farm bans in less than ten years. The issue has also been taken up in the European Union. This means that the process and campaigns of banning fur farming in Estonia will continue even more intensely.

- said Kadri Taperson, the President of Loomus.

It must also be taken under consideration that younger generations care more and more about the welfare of animals. Thus, pressure from society will grow and there will be more changes than the current parliament members can foresee. Politicians’ views on animals and nature will definitely be one of the key questions for the young voters before the elections this autumn.

According to the survey conducted by Kantar Emor at the end of December, 69 percent of the Estonian population does not support raising and killing animals for producing fur.

In 2014, the national petition to ban fur farms collected more than 10 000 signatures in Estonia. The international petition to ban fur farms in Estonia has collected almost 41 000 signatures so far.

At this moment

  • The United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Austria, Croatia, the Netherlands, Macedonia, Brazil, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, German states Bavaria, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia and Schleswig-Holstein, and the largest region in Belgium Wallonia, have completely banned fur farms.
  • Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, New Zealand and the USA have banned fur farms partially.
  • Belgium, Germany, Czech Republic and Luxembourg are strongly debating over the ban.
The post 'Fur farming ban might come even sooner than in ten years!' is modified from an article published by Loomus in their original language.