Day: January 1, 2019

Serbia: Also Starts Off 2019 By Going ‘Fur Free’ – Great News !

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Following on from other wonderful news which you can read on our site – – we have more great news as a result of many of us working hard for the last year or more.  

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We at WAV / SAV have worked hard over the last year with ‘Respect for Animals’ and the ‘Fur Free Alliance’; as well as Serbian activists; to provide them with lots of information relating to fur farming in Serbia.  Finally, today; 1/1/2019, we can say that all the effort has been worth it; and that as of today, 1/1/2019:

Serbia starts 2019 off right by outlawing fur farms

SERBIA, 1 JANUARY 2019 – Animal advocates around the globe rejoice as Serbia starts off the new year by effectively banning fur farms after a 10-year phase-out. The enforcement of the ban is the successful result of a decade-long decisive and persistent struggle by citizens, experts and animal rights activist during which fur industry lobby groups consistently put pressure to reverse the ban.

The adoption of the 2009 Animal Welfare Act, that outlawed fur farming in Serbia including a 10-year transitional period, was hailed by animal protection organisations worldwide. However, ever since the ban has been continuously threatened by fur trade interest groups. Desperately seeking to reverse the upcoming fur farming ban, fur farmers upped their lobbying of the Serbian government in 2018, resulting in a debate on the cancelation of the ban in a public session last June.

Above – Chinchilla – farmed in Serbia for their fur up until 1/1/2019.

Animal advocate groups worldwide have persistently urged the Serbian government to stay committed to the 2009 Act and make an end to the widely-condemned practice of fur farming once and for all. To counter the campaign of misinformation spread by fur trade lobbyist in Serbia, the Fur Free Alliance worked closely together with Serbian member organisation Freedom for Animals to expose the scientific facts on fur production and stress the need for a national ban.

To generate political and media interest and push back against proposed law changes, last June the Make Fur History exhibition was organised in Belgrade by Freedom for Animals, joining international experts, decision makers and journalists to address the negative impact of fur farming.

Ultimately, Serbia’s government righteously listened to the concerned public and animal rights groups and made an end to the unnecessary and cruel practice of fur production, sparing thousands of animals unimaginable suffering on Serbian fur farms.

Snezana Milovanovic, director of the Serbian animal protection organization Freedom for Animals, says:

“For 15 years now, Freedom for Animals has advocated for a fur-free Serbia by advancing and supporting legislation to abolish this brutal exploitation of animals. With the enforcement of the 2009 Animal Welfare Act, that makes it illegal to keep, reproduce, import, export and kill animals only for the production of fur, a great victory is finally achieved. Not only is this ban important for animals kept for fur production in Serbia, but also for the whole South East European region, and it signifies a major step forward for animal rights worldwide.”

Above – Inside a Serbian fur farm

Chinchillas are the only animals kept for fur in Serbia.

Each year, approximately 12.000 chinchillas were killed on Serbian fur farms by the end of the phase-out period. The intense battery cage system used on fur farms deprives chinchillas from the opportunity to express their natural behavior – such as running and jumping – and causes severe welfare problems. International studies have shown stress-related behavioral disorders, such as pelt biting and infant mortality, are highly common on chinchilla fur farms.

Learn more about welfare problems on chinchilla fur farms.

Chinchillas are rodents and are native to the Andes Mountains of northern Chile. Although often kept as pets, chinchillas were nearly driven to extinction because of the demand for their fur. To breed chinchillas for fur, the rodents were taken from their natural habitat in such large numbers chinchillas are now an endangered species. Even though chinchillas are now protected by law in their natural habitat as endangered species, the populations continue to decline. However, thousands of chinchillas are still bred commercially for their fur in several regions of Europe (i.e. Poland, Denmark, Hungary) and in South-America (Brazil and Argentina).

The ban in Serbia is in line with developments all across Europe, where in the past decades 14 countries have voted for legislation to end fur farming. In the past year alone, Norway, once world’s largest fox pelt producer, Belgium and Luxembourg adopted legislation to end fur farming. At this moment, fur farming bans are on the parliamentary agenda in Poland, Ireland, Lithuania, Denmark and Estonia.

 Some other pictures from our own archive used for the ‘ban’ campaign – WAV:

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Good news for the start in 2019!




From 2019, the keeping of animals on fur farms will be banned in the Czech Republic. Thus, the Czech Senate confirmed a law passed in June 2017. In countries such as Austria, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Slovenia, Croatia, Japan and Macedonia there is already a fur ban.

“More and more governments are realizing that fur farming is morally unjustifiable,” commented Frank Schmidt, specialist for animals in the garment industry at PETA Germany. “The fur industry is on the decline in much of Europe.”

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In the Czech Republic, this should save around 20,000 animalsmainly mink and foxes – per year, which are currently kept in nine fur farms. These could receive compensation for this from the Ministry of Agriculture. An opinion poll published in April 2017 found that 83 percent of Czechs supported the ban.

Germany will soon be fur-free!

In September 2017, a new fur farming law was passed in Germany, making stricter animal welfare requirements, such as swimming pools and larger cages for mink, make breeding animals uneconomic,  and that farms close by themselves.

Now it goes downhill faster than hoped with the last fur farms.

The last large mink farm in Grabow (North Germany) is already closed in February 2018.
All that remains is a large fur farm in Rahden, North Rhine Westphalia. Here the operator refuses to implement animal welfare requirements for many years and suffers numerous minks in much too small cages.

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Most fur farms in the world are in China, Scandinavia and the USA.

My comment: That`s  very good news.
But we still have to stay alert. In Europe there are still over 7000 fur farms.
Most people are against the cruel fur industry, and we may experience that at least Europe will release fur farms.
But the fur mafia has a great interest in getting this business! so dogs, cats and raccoon dogs fur are declared on the market as “fake fur”. Where “faux fur” is written, it is not necessarily a faux fur too! More than half of the total turnover of fur products is achieved with parkas with fur collar and fur hats. And these are mostly made of cat fur.

One thing is clear: we have to be extremely careful with alleged artificial fur. In this video by WSPA is explained how we can distinguish real fur from fake fur:

To be on the safe side, however, only the waiver of fur imitations helps. At least until the labeling obligation.

Best regards, Venus

England: 1/1/19 – New Years Day and Last Night (31/12/18) London Fireworks.



It’s a tradition with me personally to play this track first thing on the morning of 1st January, whatever year.

I cant say why specifically – other than I just love it – it is just a classic track from U2, even though it does not relate to anything apart from the Polish solidarity movement that was founded on 17th September 1980 at the Lenin Shipyard under the leadership of Lech Walesa. 

It was the first trade union in a Warsaw Pact country that was not controlled by a communist party.  Its membership peaked at 10 million members at its September 1981 Congress, which constituted one third of the total working-age population of Poland.

What we can hope for in 2019 is fighting your campaigns; and a lot more respect for the way in which animals are treated.

As Dr. Brian May says – “look forward with the belief that everything that has been achieved can be surpassed in the future”.

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This was a good year for animal rights – here are 11 of the biggest wins:

Fight the good fight !

Regards Mark – and Enjoy the music !


London fireworks – link from Diana (Germany):