Growing international criticism towards Finnish fur farming
Together with an international petition that has gathered more than 200 000 signatures from over 100 countries, a letter from the international animal protection coalitions Eurogroup for Animals and Fur Free Alliance was handed over to the Finnish parliament and to the Prime Minister-Designate Juha Sipilä during the International Action Day for a Fur Farm Free Finland.
“The Finnish fur farms are an international mark of shame. I am glad that the Finnish fur farming problems have reached the international arena and that several international animal protection organizations now have their eyes on Finland,” said Salla Tuomivaara, Director of the Finnish animal rights organisation Animalia.
Fur farming is banned in the UK and Northern Ireland, Austria, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Slovenia and the Republic of Macedonia. The Netherlands, the third largest producer of fur in Europe after Finland, is in the process of banning fur farming.
“With this development towards more and more widespread fur farming bans, we hope that Finland will catch up. To ban fur farming would be in line with scientific research, formal EU recommendations, as well as with the views of the European citizens,“ said Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals.
In the Nordic countries, footage from fur farms has revealed cannibalism, wounded and dead animals, and stereotypic behaviour among minks and foxes. Fox farming is banned in Denmark. In Sweden there are no fox farms due to stricter animal welfare regulations.
“The fur industry have had plenty of time to improve animal welfare. No significant improvements have been made, nor are they likely to ever be. The fur industry is continuing to ignore formal EU recommendations,” said Joh Vinding, chair of Fur Free Alliance.
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To ban fur farming would be in line with scientific research, formal EU recommendations, as well as with the views of the European citizens.Reineke Hameleers, Director at Eurogroup for Animals