Lithuania bans fur farming


Lithuania bans fur farming

2 October 2023
There are estimated to be 40 mink farms and 30 chinchilla farms currently in operation in the country, farming around 1 million animals for their fur each year. The bill requires fur farmers to cease trade by 2027, with the state providing financial compensation.

After successfully passing a majority vote in the Seimas last week, President Gitanas Nausėda signed a bill banning fur farming into law on 27 September. 

Lithuania is the 20th Member State to adopt legislative restrictions on fur farming, providing a clear signal that European citizens overwhelmingly support the end of the fur industry.

In the past year alone, citizens have written nearly 27,000 letters to decision makers to demand an end to the brutal confinement and killing of animals for fur. Lithuania has made history and put yet another nail in the coffin of the cruel fur industry.
Gabriele Vaitkevičiūtė, Tušti Narvai
An EU-wide ban is the next step to bring regulations into line throughout the Member States, as promoted by the successful European Citizens’ Initiative Fur Free Europe.