Court upholds legal ban on fur farming in Wallonia

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BRUSSELS,  26 OCTOBER 2016 – The Walloon ban on fur farming is consistent with the Constitution, according to a ruling of the Belgian Constitutional Court which was published earlier today.  The decision follows a request for annulment by Belgian fur farmers and European fur traders.  They argued that the Walloon ban adopted last year was unconstitutional. ‘The

International experts discuss fur farming ban legislation in Czech Parliament

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PRAGUE, 25 OCTOBER 2016 – Last Thursday an international seminar took place in the Chamber of Debuties in Prague to discuss legislation concerning fur farming bans. The seminar, which was organized by animal protection organization Svoboda Zvirat and supported by the  Fur Free Alliance, gathered experts on the political and legislative process, and the scientific grounds, of

Shocking abuses revealed on Lithuanian mink farm

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LITHUANIA – 17 SEPTEMBER 2016 – A recent investigation on a Lithuanian mink farm in August revealed serious violations of environmental and animal welfare laws. The undercover footage, that was conducted by Lithuanian Fur Free Alliance member Open Cages in August, showed gravely injured animals, dead animals burned on trash piles and improperly handled manure. Gabrielė Vaitkevičiūtė, the head

Belgian fur retailer Pelsland goes bankrupt

Pelsland bankrupt

BELGIUM, 25 JULY 2016 – Veritable temple of fur in Belgium, Pelsland was declared bankrupt last month by the court of Antwerp. A part of the Belgian scene for 40 years, Pelsland’s demise was supposedly down to an exceptionally mild winter, according to its director. However, according to Belgian Fur Free Alliance member GAIA, the reasons for

Drastic drop of mink fur production worldwide

30 JUNE 2016 – The global production of mink fur shows a dramatic drop of 25% this year. According to Kopenhagen Fur, one of world’s largest fur auction houses, the world production of mink plummeted from approximately 72 million mink in 2015 to around 52 million this year. China shows the greatest drop in production figures from 18

Europe’s first fur-free shopping street

fur-free shopping street

AMSTERDAM, 20 JUNE 2016 – After working together with Dutch animal protection organisation Bont voor Dieren, the store owners on the Hartenstraat in Amsterdam have decided to ban all fur items from their shops. With this compassionate move the Hartenstraat (which translates as ‘Heartstreet’) has become the first fur-free shopping street in Europe. The 19 store