Fur Free EU

Each year, around 32.1 million animals in the European Union are kept and killed solely for the purposes of fur production. Mink, fox and raccoon dogs, the main species of animals reared in fur factory farms, are still essentially wild animals, which have been subject to little active selection for tameness and adaptability to captive environments. They are unsuitable to be kept for production purposes. These animals spend short and miserable lives in small wire cages, only to be gassed or electrocuted to death when their pelts are at their prime.

EU Member State fur farming bans

The tide is turning against the practice of fur production within the European Union as concerns about animal welfare and the ethics of breeding animals for luxury products continue to grow. A number of Member States have examined the issues involved very carefully, taken extensive evidence, and have decided to act, believing that fur factory farming cannot be conducted in a humane way.

Fur farming is already banned outright in Austria and the United Kingdom. It was also banned in Croatia from 2007 with a 10 year phase-out period for existing farms. In December 2012, the Netherlands, which is the EU’s second largest mink producer, passed a ban on fur farming and will phase-out mink production entirely by 2024. Slovenia also banned fur farming in March 2013 with a three year phase-out for existing producers. Proposed legislation to prohibit fur farming is also currently being considered in Belgium and Estonia.

Main fur producing countries in the EU
Public opinion on fur farming Europe