Fur is a non-essential luxury item. An increasing majority of the population finds it unjustifiable to subject animals to prolonged suffering for trivial ends, such as fur coats or fashion accessories. The publicʼs long-standing opposition to fur farming and our changed ethical perception of animals is reflected by law in an increasing number of countries.
The ethical concerns of a large majority of the European citizens and the inherent cruelty of fur farming have led an increasing number of European countries to ban fur farming in recent years. Since 2000 the farming of animals for fur has been banned in Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, The Netherlands, Republic of Macedonia, Slovenia, UK and Northern Ireland and in the Belgian region of Wallonia and Brussels.