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Animal protection organisations welcome Member States’ call for an end of fur farming in the EU

28 JUNE 2021, BRUSSELS – Today, the Dutch and Austrian governments presented an information note on fur farming in the Council, which has already been supported by Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and Slovakia. The initiative calls on the European Commission to take action to permanently end fur farming in the EU based on animal welfare, ethics

Israel becomes world’s first country to ban fur sales

ISRAEL, JUNE 2021 – In a historic decision, Israel introduces a ban on the sales of animal furs, making it the first country to do so. The widely-supported fur sales ban, which includes a few exemptions, was signed into law on the 9th of June by the Israeli Environmental Protection Minister Gali Gamliel and becomes

COVID-19 first detected in European mink farms a year ago – NGOs and the public urge the EU to act

12 months after the SARS-CoV-2 virus was first detected in animals in a mink farm in the Netherlands, the EU has failed to take decisive action to shut down these coronavirus reservoirs despite huge public support for a ban on fur farming. In recent months, over 500.000 people have signed our petition calling for an

New report finds that all mink farms should be considered “at risk” of COVID-19 infection

19 FEBRUARY 2021 – On the cusp of the mink breeding season, which is set to resume at the end of this month, the European Food Safety Agency has released a report finding that all mink farms should be considered at risk for COVID-19 outbreaks and must be strictly monitored. Following the release of this

Scientific statement on public health risks from SARS-CoV-2 and the intensive rearing of mink

15 FEBRUARY 2021 – The Fur Free Alliance and Eurogroup for Animals have released a scientific statement on public health risks associated with SARS-CoV-2 and intensive mink production, signed by numerous scientists from the fields of virology, infectious diseases, clinical microbiology, veterinary medicine and environmental health. The statement comes in the wake of numerous outbreaks

Joint Open Letter to the European Commission: Eliminating potential COVID-19 reservoir on EU mink farms

To: Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski We, the undersigned organisations, jointly call on the European Commission to immediately suspend the breeding of mink throughout the Union and urge Member States to take action to permanently prohibit fur production and/or bring forward existing phase-out dates for fur farming.