In June 2021, Estonia introduced a ban on fur farming which will become effective in 2026.
In September 2020, France announced a ban on mink fur farming with a 5-year phase-out period. Earlier that year, the new government in Ireland committed to a ban and legislation to prohibit fur farming is being prepared.
In October 2019, Slovakia introduced a law to prohibit fur farming after a transitional period for existing farms until 2025.
In January 2018, Norway, once the world’s largest producer of fox pelts, decided to prohibit fur farming, with a phase-out period until 2025. 2018 also saw two other countries take action: In Belgium, a fur farming ban was introduced which will end the practice in 2023, and in Luxembourg, a ban on fur farming came into effect in October of the same year.
In August 2017, the Czech Republic agreed a ban on fur farming, effective from 2019.
Proposed legislation to prohibit fur farming is currently being considered in Bulgaria, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland and Ukraine.
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