Anger as Norway allows seal hunt with no animal welfare inspectors

The Norwegian government has announced that the seal hunt can be conducted without an animal welfare inspector onboard this year. The reason is said to be risk of COVID-19.  Among the crews to go hunting without inspection this year are crew members who have been convicted of animal cruelty after several offences during seal hunting in 2009. In 2010 these crew members received some of the highest fines ever given for animal
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California becomes the first US state to ban fur trapping

California has passed into law a new ban on fur trapping, becoming the first state to outlaw the practice widely considered to cause untold suffering to wild animals. The Wildlife Protection Act of 2019 was signed into law by Governor Gavin Newson on Wednesday 5  September. The legislation prohibits commercial or recreational trapping on both public and private lands. The law was first introduced by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonazlez (Democrat- San
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Rawtenstall Market, Clog Market joins the Fur Free Markets scheme

Respect for Animals, Britain’s leading anti-fur organisation, has praised the market operators of Rawtenstall Market and the Clog Market for banning the sale of real fur. The market operator has officially signed up to the Fur Free Markets scheme and has been given a 5-star rating from Respect for Animals – making it one of the best markets in the country for their policy on real fur. The selling of
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The terrible truth about the fur trade’s death toll

  Respect for Animals has analysed the fur trade’s auction results for 2018 and can reveal the truly terrible toll of animal suffering. Last year 30.5 million mink and fox skins were sold at the two main sets of auctions- Kopenhagen and SAGA. These pelts sold for $957.2 million. These figures give an idea of the scale of the industry but are far from the full picture. In addition, it
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Oldham Council votes to join Fur Free Markets

Respect for Animals is welcomes the decision by Oldham Council to approve a motion committing the Local Authority to prohibiting the sale of real fur on council land and joining our Fur Free Markets scheme. Liberal Democrat Councillors Julia Turner and Chris Gloster proposed the motion at the full meeting of Oldham Council  on Wednesday 12 September. It is understood that Council passed the motion comprehensively with only one vote
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BURBERRY DROPS REAL FUR

Burberry, until now branded ‘Furberry’ by Respect for Animals joins other top fashion labels Gucci, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo and Versace who have all recently announced they will no longer use fur as well as long-time anti-fur designer Stella McCartney. Earlier this year Respect for Animals launched a campaign urging supporters and members of the public to write to Burberry urging the company to drop fur from its range. This
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Ask Ireland to ban fur farming: sign our letter

Last Autumn,  the Solidarity Party presented a Bill to ban fur farming before the Dail. The Bill will be debated and voted on in early July 2019. The ‘Prohibition of Fur Farming Bill 2018’ was submitted by Ruth Coppinger TD, who said: “We believe this is something that’s really important for the welfare of animals. Mink are farmed in Ireland and these are actually meant to be wild, untamed animals
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Serbia: animal welfare organisations BANNED from ‘public’ sessions to consider keeping fur farms

The fur industry has been lobbying the Serbian government ruthlessly, in a desperate attempt to keep the right to breed chinchillas in shocking fur farm conditions and avoid another embarrassing defeat. A public session has been arranged at the Serbian parliament on Tuesday 5 June to debate extending the proven cruelty of chinchilla fur factory farming.  Shockingly, in an affront to the most basic principles of democracy, animal protection organisations
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Live transport of mink by the fur industry condemned

New footage has been released by Bont Voor Dieren and  Eyes on Animals/TSB|AWF showing th full horror of live transport of mink by the fur industry. The truck was inspected by a team from Eyes on Animals/TSB|AWF when it was on its way from a Dutch mink farm to Poland. There were hundreds of mink in tiny, filthy cages on board the truck. The animals were stressed, trying to break
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Shocking suffering revealed on Canadian mink fur farm.

New undercover footage from a Canadian fur farm has resulted in charges of 14 counts of animal cruelty.  The Los Angeles-based Last Chance For Animals organisation gathered the footage over a period of 12 months. The investigation documents the type of horrific suffering on a mink farm that is all too common and why fur farming worldwide has to be banned. Apologists for the fur trade and anyone wearing real
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