In addition to world-famous fur giants such as Denmark and Poland, Greece also operates around 90 active mink farms.
Given the significant health risks associated with COVID-19 outbreaks on mink farms, fur farming is receiving a lot of attention right now.
On November 16, 2020, the Greek Ministry for Rural Development and Food announced that minks had tested positive for the coronavirus on a fur farm in the Kozani area- in the north of the country.
Minks in Kastoria-Greece
As in November 2020 in Denmark, as a precautionary measure, all 2,500 minks were tortured and their bodies burned on the Greek farm.
The Greek fur industry has been in decline for years
The fur industry in Greece is clearly feeling the decline in global demand for fur products.
2018 data from the Greek statistical agency shows a visible decline in Greek fur exports.
Nevertheless, thousands of mink are still locked in tiny lattice cages and gassed at the young age of six months.
The fur is not a cultural heritage
To prevent the downfall of the cruel industry, the Association of the Greek Fur Industry submitted an application for recognition of fur production in the national inventory of intangible cultural heritage in 2016. The aim of such an inclusion in the state inventory is the possibility of being able to describe the peeled animal skins as a kind of art form.
The request was rejected and the relevant directorate emphasized that an activity based on the killing of animals for the sole purpose of acquiring their skins is not compatible with the basic principles of sustainable development.
Greek fur industry kept alive by EU subsidies
Despite the decline in export figures and the decision by well-known fashion designers such as Donatella Versace and Jean Paul Gaultier to stop using fur, the Greek government increased the number of nationwide fur farms from 43 in 2011 to 131 in 2018.
In addition, state aid for the fur industry from national and above all EU subsidies was further increased.
It is time for the Greek Parliament to ban this dying industry, with all the pain and suffering it causes, once and for all.
You too can help save hundreds of thousands of animals from a cruel death.
Animals still suffer on over 90 fur farms in Greece. Write to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis now and demand an end to all Greek fur farming!
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Online Petition (text)
“I was shocked to read that animals in Greece are still being violently murdered for their fur and that Greek fur farms now not only cause animals to suffer horribly but also have become a threat to human health.
According to media reports, minks on Greek fur farms have been infected with COVID-19. This causes additional suffering and stress for these animals – unlike infected humans, ill minks do not receive medical care, nor are they provided with safe and stress-free housing in which to recover.
On the nearly 90 fur farms in the country, the animals live stuffed next to each other inside cramped cages.
Living in such confined spaces is extremely stressful for wild animals and leads to physical and mental disorders, including self-mutilation and insanity. Furthermore, because of this cruel confinement, urine, excrement, pus, and blood from sick or injured animals easily contaminate the restricted living areas of all the others.
On Danish fur farms, the novel coronavirus has mutated, and a new strain has spread among minks and workers, who infect other humans.
The Dutch parliament voted by an overwhelming majority to bring forward the fur farming ban in the Netherlands because of the spread of COVID-19 and will close all fur farms by the end of 2020. Similar bans are already in place in Austria, the Czech Republic, Israel, the UK, and several other countries.
Now is clearly the time to end the suffering of animals used for their fur, and closing down the fur industry would help prevent both the spread of the current pandemic and similar future outbreaks.
For the sake of animal welfare and human safety, please shut down fur farms in Greece and outlaw fur farming there immediately.
And I mean…” Closed due to the pandemic”. The sign on the door of the fur shops in Greece in three languages – Greek, Russian and English – posted a few weeks ago, for the second time this year, is probably unnecessary, as there are no potential buyers due to lockdown.
Why should it be any different in Greek fur farms than in Denmark or the Netherlands?
Corona has also attacked 2,500 animals there and, as in other countries, genocide will be the “solution”, and the Greek fur farm owners have already wiped out 2,500 creatures!
Another 5,000 animals in one of the four farms are likely to be killed, as several of the mink have already died there,
More than 1 million fur animals live and suffer on Greek farms.
The annual turnover was 250 million euros until 2019, this year it has dropped to 5 million. Many companies in northern Greece that used to benefit from fur animals are now closed.
But not only due to Corona.
The fur industry is taking its last breath, internationally.
Fur has no future, nor does fur production in Greece
More than 90% of fur-exports from Greece go to Russia.
But since 2014 -15 this is no longer the case.
Because on the one hand, Russia is strengthening the internal production of fur, which however is not enough.
On the other hand, China is now Russia`s main supplier of fur.
But the Greek government does not want to see the truth. While the collapse of the fur-sector, a sector that is coming to an end at a very fast pace, is a global reality including Greece, the Minister of Agriculture Development announces support of 3 million for the fur breeders sector.
Those who are involved in the fur-breeding industry often cite a number of “arguments” to justify the abuse of live and sentient animals.
“breeding furs is exactly the same as raising chickens, sheep, or cows.”
But that’s the same absurd logic if we were to acquit a murderer because so many other people commit crimes too.
My best regards to all, Venus