Due to concerns on animal welfare and ethics, fur farming bans are increasingly widespread. In addition, more and more countries are phasing out fur farming or adopting stricter welfare regulations that effectively make fur farming unviable.
In 2016 fur farming in Japan was phased-out after the last fur farm was closed down due to non-compliance. Since the Invasive Alien Species Act in 2006 it became illegal to build new mink fur farms in Japan.
Prohibition on the import of mink. This effectively bans mink farming in new Zealand.
Some states prohibit keeping foxes in captivity. California has housing requirements for mink and foxes that make the costs of fur farming prohibitive. The state of New York passed a law against the electrocution of fur animals.
View our fact sheets to learn more about why countries all across Europe are making an end to fur factory farming.
In October 2019, California became the first state in the US to ban fur sales. The statewide legislation prohibits the sales and production of new fur items starting 2023.
In September 2018 the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to ban fur sales. The fur trade ban will go into effect in 2021.
In March 2018 San Francisco became the second major US city to ban fur sales.
In January 2017 India adopted an import ban on mink, fox and chinchilla fur skins.
In 2015 Sao Paolo adopted an import and sales ban on fur products. In 2014 the State of Sao Paolo already decided for a fur farming ban, in spite of Brazil being one of the biggest producers of chinchilla fur in the world.
West Hollywood is the first city in the world that decided to ban the sales of fur in 2011. The ban came into force in 2013, when the value of fur sales in West-Hollywood was estimated at two million dollars annually.