Italy to ban fur farming in 2022!

The fur-free movement has received an extra-special Christmas present this year with the news that the Budget Committee of the Italian Senate voted to approve an amendment which will ban fur farming across Italy. The amendment needs final approval from parliament, but Respect for Animals understands that this is expected to pass. Like many mink factory farms around the world, Italy saw serious Covid-19 outbreaks among the animals, who are
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Donate to our Christmas/New Year appeal This Christmas, we go into the New Year in as strong a position as we have ever been. The past year has seen Respect for Animals stay a global leader in the campaign to make fur history. Our campaigns, expertise and reports are influencing retailers, consumers and legislators – from your local council, to the British government, to the European Commission.  It is your support
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City of Hallandale Beach (Florida) bans fur sales

The number of fur sales bans continues to rise in the US as, on November 17 2021, the Hallandale Beach City Commission voted 5-0 to ban the sale of new fur products. Hallandale Beach is the first city in the State of Florida to pass this ordinance. The ordinance takes effect immediately. The ordinance was sponsored by Commissioners Michele Lazarow and Anabelle Taub-Lima. Commissioner Anabelle Taub-Lima said: “As a fiscally
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Fur industry guilty of ‘greenwashing’ in new report

The fur trade is directly contributing to the high risk of imminent extinction of the critically endangered European mink. A new report detailing the environmental impact of fur has criticised the fur industry for ‘greenwashing’, as Respect for Animals calls for governments to take action. Download the new report here: Executive Summary Full report (single pages) Full report (two page spread) Respect for Animals is calling for an end to
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Canada: British Columbia province to end mink fur farming

The provincial government British Columbia in Canada has announced that mink fur farms are to be phased out by 2025. The decision follows data from the BC Centre for Disease Control, which identified the potential for the SARS-CoV-2 virus to mutate in mink and be passed back to people, along with additional concerns that mutations could have an impact on vaccine effectiveness. Proposals include: a permanent ban on breeding mink;
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Fur trade uses key materials needed for human vaccinations

The fur industry has been condemned for pursuing a COVID-19 vaccination scheme for factory farmed mink in Finland, diverting key resources needed in the development of vaccines needed to save human lives. The fur trade intends to expand the program around Europe as soon as possible. The background to this is the major COVID outbreak in Europe and North America on mink fur farms last year, with the virus jumping
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Denmark to extend ban on mink farms for further year

Denmark is set to extend a ban on mink farming until 2023, the country’s agriculture minister has announced. The entire population of mink in Denmark was culled in November over fears that the animals could transmit a mutated form of the coronavirus to humans. Health authorities had recommended that the ban be extended, as mink farms continued to present “a risk to human health of unknown magnitude.” This is another
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Progress for a Latvia fur farm ban

A fur farming ban in Latvia is a step closer as a bill advanced to the next stage. PLSM, public broadcaster of Latvia, reported that on Thursday, September 16, ‘the Saeima advanced amendments to the Animal Protection Law submitted by several deputies of the Saeima factions, which provide for a ban on fur farming to be implemented as of 2026’. The vote was won by 46 to 32. The amendments
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US mink farming drops to record low

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has just published its latest statistics on mink fur production, with more bad news for the cruel fur trade. The report states: Mink pelt production in the United States in 2020 totaled 1.41 million pelts, down 49 percent from 2019. Records date back to 1975, with the 2020 production data representing an all-time low. The main states for fur factory farmed mink are
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