In September 2022, Latvia became the most recent country to introduce a ban on fur farming, with a phase-out period until 2028. One month earlier, Malta introduced a new law amendment that prohibits fur farming with immediate effect.
In March 2022, Ireland announced a ban on fur farming. The three remaining Irish mink fur farms are expected to close this year.
In December 2021, Italy announced a prohibition on fur farming effective from 2022. One month earlier, the French government decided to ban fur farming of non-domestic species in France, with immediate effect. Earlier that year, Estonia also introduced a ban on fur farming, which will end the practice in 2026.
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 Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Spain, Ukraine and Romania.