The Fur Industry is Slowly Breaking Down
A series of events that have taken place over the past couple of years appears to be signifying the beginning of the end of the fur trade. The list of countries banning the sale and production of animal fur products continues to grow. The most recent of which being a new law passed in Israel. With The Netherlands voting against the use of mink, Israel banning fur altogether, and even the UK looking to ban the trade as well. Things are looking up for animals everywhere to the delight of the animal rights community.
Israel Bans Fur Sales
Much to the delight of animal rights campaigners, Israel has outlawed the sale of animal fur products. Mimi Bekhechi, the vice president of international programmes for Peta, has commented on this momentous occasion, stating “Israel has made history and put yet another nail in the cruel fur industry’s coffin”.
The Netherlands Ban The Use of Mink
In June of 2020, Dutch Parliament took a step away from the fur industry with the decision to close all mink farms by March 2021. Mink farming was initially banned in The Netherlands back in 2013. They had originally aimed to have all mink farms closed down by the end of 2024. However, suspicions were raised of Covid being transferred through the furs that were being made in 2020. Therefore, the decision to close these farms was fast-tracked.
During the pandemic, there were over 40 mink farms still found to be in operation throughout the country. Several cases of the coronavirus believed by the World Health Organization to have been caused by animal-to-human transmission. This tragically resulted in the culling of over 1,500 mink countrywide. The outrage and upset caused by the death of so many mink pushed forward the banning of mink farming to avoid further tragedy.
The UK Calls For Evidence To Help Decision on Fur Trade
The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has put out a call for evidence to “better understand fur sector activity”. This extends to the trading of fur and how it may impact the economy both within the UK and overseas. Animal Aid has reported on this call put out by DEFRA, offering people an easy way to complete the consultation form at the request of the department.
The UK has also made steps in the right direction against animal abuse as a whole. As the Covid pandemic resulted in more households having pets than ever before. The UK government has passed a law meaning harsher punishment will befall animal abusers. The success of this law should hopefully reduce the amount of abandoned and beaten pets coming into rescues across the country.
Previous Developments Against the Fur Industry
These are not the only places to have made actions against the fur industry, however. Here is a quick list of some of the countries and the decision they have made to reduce their fur consumption:
Estonia – Estonia passed a bill in 2021 which aims to outlaw fur farming by 2026.
Croatia – A ban on fur farming was made official in 2017, after a phase out period which was begun in 2006.
Japan – After the outlawing of breeding non-native animals such as mink, coypu, and raccoon, fur farming was all but eradicated. in 2016 the last fur farm in Japan closed down.
Luxembourg – Luxembourg placed a prohibition on fur farming, effective from October 2018.
Republic of North Macedonia – Fur farming was made illegal as of 2017.
Slovakia – Slovakia is currently in the process of phasing fur out. With the aim for complete eradication of fur farms by 2025.
United Kingdom – The UK banned fur farming in 2000, and was the first country to do so.
Berkeley, California – Banned all fur sales in 2017.
New Zealand – Prohibited the importation of minks – however ferrets can still be used for fur production.
San Francisco – Completely banned the importation and sale of fur products in March 218.
São Paulo, Brazil – Fur farming and fur sales have been banned thanks to a law passed in 2015.
Countless animal rights charities are gaining more and more traction to limit the amount of animal cruelty in industrial and commercial settings. Pressure is now put on companies to be more considerate of the animals they use. Therefore, the commercial and industrial sectors are going to have to start re-evaluating their approach. And whilst this is great news to the animal-loving community, it may result in more expensive products to counteract the cost of more humane methods. Though most would agree it is a small price to pay for harmony where possible.