International animal advocacy coalitions urge the new President of Poland to close down fur farms

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International animal advocacy coalitions urge the new President of Poland to close down fur farms

17 August 2015
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In a letter to the newly elected President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, the international coalitions Eurogroup for Animals and Fur Free Alliance, express their hope that Poland will take leadership on animal welfare, and urge the President to ban fur farming.

In a letter to the newly elected President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, the international coalitions Eurogroup for Animals and Fur Free Alliance, express their hope that Poland will take leadership on animal welfare, and urge the President to ban fur farming.

The Polish president Andrzej Duda has formerly contributed to the initiatives of the European Parliament Intergroup for Animal Welfare and Conservation in his role as a Member of the European Parliament before being elected President of the Republic of Poland.

Joh Vinding, Chair of the Fur Free Alliance, and Reineke Hameleers, Director for Eurogroup for Animals, today wrote in a letter to President Andrzej Duda that the formal EU recommendations on fur farming have so far been ignored by Polish fur farmers. “Animals kept for fur production purposes are active carnivores whose species specific needs cannot be met in the small wire mesh cages on fur farms. A decision to ban fur farming would be in line with scientific research, EU legislation and formal recommendations, as well as with the views of the Polish citizens,” says Reineke Hameleers, Director of Eurogroup for Animals.

According to the 2014 opinion poll, by Instytut Badań Rynkowych i Społecznych (IBRiS) Homo Homini/Otwarte Klatki, 70 percent of the Polish citizens between 18 and 35 years of age supports a ban on the breeding of foxes, raccoon dogs and minks for fur.

“Several European countries have concluded that fur farming doesn’t belong within a modern society. Now Poland has the opportunity to be part of this positive development for animal welfare in Europe,” says Joh Vinding, Chair of the Fur Free Alliance.

All fur farming is banned in the UK, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Republic of Macedonia and Slovenia. The Netherlands is in the process of banning fur farming. Fox farming is banned in Denmark and has been phased out in Sweden due to animal welfare concerns.

”Animal protection organizations, environmental groups and thousands of people protesting against fur farms in their surroundings – all these voices say clearly that fur farming needs to be banned in Poland. We hope they will be also heard by our new President,” states Paweł Rawicki from the Polish animal rights organisation Otwarte Klatki.

Click here to open the letter.

For more information please contact:

Martyn Griffiths, Eurogroup for Animals
T: +32 (0)2 740 08 23 | M +32 (0)479 972 156 | E m.griffffiths@eurogroupforanimals.org

Joh Vinding, Chair Fur Free Alliance,
T: +45 61 71 07 38 | E: jv@anima.dk

Paweł Rawicki, Otwarte Klatki
T: +48 517 784 202 | E pawel.rawicki@otwarteklatki.pl

Animal protection organizations, environmental groups and thousands of people protesting against fur farms in their surroundings – all these voices say clearly that fur farming needs to be banned in Poland. We hope they will be also heard by our new President. 
Paweł Rawicki, Otwarte Klatki
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