Keeping and killing many millions of active predators in small wire cages on fur factory farms for a non-essential fashion product that no one needs is both cruel and outdated. It is time for fur farming to be consigned to history.
Not only do fur farms cause immense animal suffering, they are also an ecological disaster and pose a serious threat to human health. As concerns about animal welfare continue to grow, 17 European countries have already acted to ban the farming of animals for their fur.
There has never been a more urgent need for Europe to end the cruel and unnecessary fur trade. It’s time to #MakeFurHistory
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On fur farms, animals including fox, mink, raccoon dogs and chinchillas are kept for their entire lives in tiny wire cages, before being killed and skinned for so-called fashion. The confinement on fur cage farms prevents animals from expressing their natural behavior and causes severe animal welfare problems – such as self-mutilation and infected wounds.
Fur production is also an incredibly wasteful and toxic process and poses a significant threat to local biodiversity.
The appalling conditions on fur farms, the cramped cages, poor hygiene, stress, injuries and minimal veterinary care, make them a ticking time bomb for pandemic disease risk. Over 470 mink farms in Europe and North America, including in 10 EU countries, have become infected with COVID-19. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)expressed grave concerns that the evolution of the virus in mink could undermine the effectiveness of future vaccines in humans and may eventually give rise to other variants of concern.
Across Europe citizens, politicians, retailers and designers are turning their backs on fur.
Opinion polls from across Europe, and beyond, have consistently demonstrated that the majority of citizens consider breeding animals for fur unacceptable. More than 1,500 retailers have agreed to stop selling real fur and have signed-up to the Fur Free Retailers programme and a whole raft of major fashion brands – including Gucci, Chanel, Moncler, Michael Kors and Prada – are turning their backs on real animal fur and are opting for more sustainable alternatives.
In the past year alone, France, Italy, Ireland, and Estonia have joined the growing list of EU countries that have introduced legislation to prohibit or phase-out fur production. Proposals to ban fur farming are presently also being considered in Bulgaria, Latvia, Poland, and Spain.
There is no future for the cruel and outdated fur industry. Sign the Fur Free Europe ECI and call on the EU to ban fur farming and the import of farmed fur products.
By signing a European Citizens’ Initiative you can help shape the future for animals by calling on the European Commission to propose new laws. Once 1 million validated signatures are gathered, the European Commission is obliged to respond and take action.