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Bulgaria bans breeding and import of American mink

UPDATE: On 5 August 2022 the ban was suspended by the Bulgarian Supreme Administrative Court due to an appeal. SOFIA, 2 JUNE 2022 – Yesterday, the Bulgarian Environment Minister Borislav Sandov announced a ban on the breeding and import of American Mink. The ban, which has been introduced on the grounds of protecting native biodiversity,

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

Spanish citizens protest mink fur farm in Santa Maria de Alameda

SPAIN, 20 AUGUST 2020 – Last Saturday, Spanish citizens took the streets in Santa Maria de Alameda to protest against a nearby mink fur farm. Following years of protests triggered by complaints over smells, flies, noise and waste pollution, local residents urge their government to protect rural life and close mink fur farms. Residents have

Fur Industry “WelFur” scheme criticized by veterinarians for masking animal suffering and condemned as “cynical PR spin” by animal campaigners

BRUSSELS, 21 JANUARY 2020 – A fur industry animal welfare certification scheme being showcased by the fur trade in the European Parliament this week has received in-depth criticism by renowned veterinarians, and been condemned as a cynical ‘smoke and mirrors’ attempt to hide animal suffering, in a damning report published today by the Fur Free

Bulgarian politicians propose bill to end fur farming

SOFIA, 28 SEPTEMBER 2019 – Early this month, a bill was introduced in the Bulgarian Parliament to amend the Veterinary-Practice Act, aiming to prohibit raising, breeding, and killing animals for the production of fur. The proposal includes a transition period until 01.01.2021, after which the ban on fur farms takes full effect. In Bulgaria these

High levels of toxic chemicals found in fur by new Chinese study

29 NOVEMBER 2018 – Scientific analysis of six fur fashion items purchased from high-street stores in China has revealed potentially dangerous concentrations of toxic chemicals, in one case 250 times above the levels permitted by law. On the back of this research, Professors and doctors of international standing are calling for governments to take a