Report by Martin Balluch (Chairman of the Association against Animal Factories-VGT) – Austria
Yesterday the Estonian Parliament voted in the responsible committee to ban fur farms.
The final vote in the parliamentary plenary will take place on June 2, 2021.
Another coffin nail in the fur industry!
Martin Balluch was in Estonia in 2004 and 2005 to film fur farms.
There were still some very large farms from the communist era. These farms are now closed.
But the fur farming ban sends an important political signal.
Great Britain plans to ban the import of fur for clothing in the near future. If all EU countries have fur farming bans – and that day is not far away – then an import ban for fur can follow here too.
So whoever looks at the development of the abolition of the fur industry cannot help but see an animal welfare revolution.
At the beginning of the 20th century, Vienna was the central fur trading center, with 1500 pure fur shops.
In the 1990s, every woman on pedestrian zone in Vienna wore a fur coat in winter.
In 1998 theAssociation against Animal Factories achieved the world’s first fur farming ban, in Austria.
Violent campaigns against fur shops and fur in clothing chains followed.
In 2004 the fur ban came in Great Britain, and then in numerous other states.
Fur import bans for cat, dog and seal fur into the EU have been enacted.
Now there will soon be an import ban on all fur in the UK.
Within 25 years, the fur trade was essentially ended.
Our demands on the automotive and fashion industry:
Deforestation in the Amazon reached a 12-year high last year: over 1 million hectares were destroyed! Livestock breeding causes by far the most deforestation in Brazil.
The use of Brazilian leather in the automotive and fashion industries is also contributing to the destruction of the Amazon rainforest.
A new study that we published together with the Rainforest Foundation Norway, Aidenvironment and Ecologistas en Accion shows that companies that supply leather to the automotive industry are partly responsible for the destruction of forests.
Some of these companies also supply the fashion industry, most of which is used for sneakers. The industry’s supply chain is tainted with deforestation and there are currently no adequate control systems in place to ensure this does not happen.
By buying leather products from companies involved in deforestation, your brand is promoting the destruction of the Amazon rainforest, one of the world’s most valuable ecosystems and vital in the fight against catastrophic climate change.
As a successful multinational brand, it is your responsibility to ensure that forest degradation, ecosystem transformation and human rights abuses are eliminated from your supply chains.
You have the opportunity to help Brazil decouple forest destruction from beef and leather production, and we urge you to take advantage of it.
Eliminate deforestation from your supply chain!
We sincerely hope that you and your company want to be a part of the solution. Take measures to avoid the use of leather, which is driving deforestation in Brazil!
We address our demands to:
Volkswagen Group, with brands such as Volkswagen, Audi, Skoda
BMW Group, with brands like BMW, Rolls Royce and Mini
Stellantis, with brands like Peugeot, Citroen, Opel
Groupe Renault, with brands such as Renault, Dacia and Alpine
Daimler, with brands like Mercedes-Benz and Smart
VF Corporation, with brands such as Timberland, Vans, and The North Face
Adidas, with brands like Reebook
The full report for all the details, including a comprehensive list of recommendations that apply to both auto and sneaker manufacturers, can be found here.
And I mean…What do leather and meat have in common? Both often come from cattle.
And both are related to the illegal clearing of the rainforest, but also to immense animal suffering in the slaughterhouses of India and China.
The skin from which leather is made comes from animals that were mostly bred for their meat.
But leather is not a by-product of the meat industry in every country.
Regardless of whether animals are bred especially for their leather or for their meat, according to reports, all animals will be exploited and have to experience the horror in the slaughterhouse.
The leather industry generates annual sales of US $ 80 billion in animal hides and leather products.
As the third manufacturing country, Brazil is only behind China and India. In 2017, Brazil ranked fourth in shoe consumption.
30 percent of the leather for car seats comes from Brazil, so it is very likely that a significant proportion of the animals must have grazed on illegally cleared areas.
In Asia, is India the largest producer of cheap leather.
From here a large amount of finished leather and leather goods is exported to Japan, Germany, Italy, Spain and France.
India exports leather worth billions of euros
Cows are simply caught on the street, but so are dogs.
Often their legs are chopped off so that they can no longer run away.
Then the skin is torn off their bodies while they are alive.
Only if no animal products are used can animal cruelty and environmental crime be prevented
And if leather production in India were even worse for animals, the destruction of forests for leather in Brazil does not make that any better.
It’s about animal individuals, about the exploitation of people who work for this destructive industry, it’s about the poisoning of our planet by the tanneries.
We would say that every animal exploited is one too many.
Target: Shawn Benge, US National Parks Service Deputy Director
Goal: Stop lottery to hunt Grand Canyon bison.
The National Parks Service (NPS) recently held a lottery that allowed anyone to enter for the chance to hunt bison in the Grand Canyon. More than 45,000 people entered the lottery, which is part of an initiative to limit the population of bison, whose growing numbers are negatively impacting resources in the Grand Canyon area. The NPS will ultimately only select twelve skilled shooters.
While the NPS has defended their decision for the cull, stating that a fast growing bison population has been ravaging water, vegetation, soils, and archaeological sites within the national park, the excitement around the opportunity to hunt this majestic animal is concerning. Hunting at national parks is forbidden, but the NPS does have the jurisdiction to allow park staff or volunteers to kill animals that are damaging the natural spaces. This normalization and “viral” attention that the search for bison-hunting volunteers has drawn could potentially lead to unauthorized hunting or attack on wild animals.
Sign this petition to urge the NPS to stop the public lottery to hunt Grand Canyon bison.
To Mr. Benge,
The publication of the culling of bison in the Grand Canyon and the ability for anyone to simply enter a lottery to hunt these animals sends the wrong message to the public. The NPS should be focused on conservation and respect for nature. This lottery has, instead, created “viral” excitement around the possibility of shooting a majestic animal that is native to the United States. The fact that 45,000 people registered for a lottery reveals a strange and gruesome desire of many individuals to kill wild animals.
I urge you to stop the lottery to hunt Grand Canyon bison and leave conservation efforts of all kinds to NPS staff.
WAV Comment (Mark) – After more than 30 years of personally campaigning against this disgusting, barbaric trade; the news today (12/5/21) is finally looking good. “MINISTERS have published an action plan on animal welfare, looking at how to use Britain’s freedom outside the EU to increase standards”. Freedom outside of the EU; this legislation shows what can be done by individual nations when they do not have to bow to do nothing fools in Brussels.
I am checking and re checking everywhere to get confirmation; but as you can see below it looks positive.
I will write more on this as more detail is obtained.
George Eustice, the environment secretary, said: “We are a nation of animal lovers and were the first country in the world to pass animal welfare laws.
Our action plan for animal welfare will deliver on our manifesto commitment to ban the export of live animal exports for slaughter and fattening, prohibit keeping primates as pets, and bring in new laws to tackle puppy smuggling.
As an independent nation, we are now able to go further than ever to build on our excellent track record.”