Category: Fur and Fur Farming

England: This Is Huge ! Respect for Animals – Fighting the Fur Trade – Poland Close to Historic Fur Farming Ban. –

From ‘Respect for Animals’; Nottingham England.  Fighting the fur trade.

THIS IS HUGE !!!

Poland close to historic fur farming ban

Poland close to historic fur farming ban

Over two dramatic days, the Sejm (the lower house of the Polish Parliament) has held a historic meetings advancing the legal protection of animals in Poland. It concerned the so-called “Five for animals”: a proposed bill with key changes to animal protection law. MPs voted in favour of an amendment, which includes a ban on breeding animals for fur.

The sitting of Sejm on Thursday, 17 September 2020 was saw an impressive majority backing the legislation. Politicians from across the political spectrum supported the initiative and resulting in a majority of MPs (77%) voting in favour. Now the bill has to be voted on by the Senate (the upper house of Polish parliament) and signed by the president. 

The sponsor of the Bill was the Law and Justice Party MP Grzegorz Puda, Deputy Minister of Funds and Regional Policy. He defended the project against attacks by fur industry apologists. In addition to the key issue of ethics of animal cruelty, he argued that the project had involved consultations with villagers who suffer from the stench, insect infestations, environmental and groundwater pollution as a result of fur production.

This victory over the cruel and unnecessary fur trade is a major moment in the anti-fur campaign: Poland is the third biggest fur producer in the world. Every year over 5 million animals are killed for fur in Poland. This cruelty is now close to finally coming to an end.

Respect for Animals is proud to campaign with our Fur Free Alliance colleagues Otwarte Klatki and Viva! Poland and commends their fantastic campaigning in Poland.

After many years of frustration, this legislation has progressed remarkably swiftly. Last week, we brought you news of a shocking new undercover investigation from Poland on one of the world’s biggest fur farms, which depicted horrible suffering of mink.

The footage revealed numerous cases of cannibalism, aggression, self-harming, open wounds and paralysis amongst mink on the farm. Also, it showed the lack of veterinary care on the farm and many cases of animals escaping.

After viewing the recent footage Mark Glover, Campaigns Director at Respect for Animals said:

“This is a shocking investigation. The suffering of these animals can scarcely be imagined.

I personally know what impact seeing these atrocities first hand and close up can have. As the undercover activist said in the video, some of the things he has seen will live with him forever. I still live with some of what I saw in UK fur farms more than 20 years ago and it is not easy, but is certainly one of the things that has driven me on to work to end this disgusting industry.”

Just two hours after the publication of this footage a press conference was organised by the ruling party, in which they announced the “Five for Animals” bill.

Respect for Animals has been running an open letter to the Polish Embassy calling for a fur farming ban.

You still have time to add your name, here:

What a message!!!

We can’t quite believe it yet!!
Poland’s parliament has voted for a new animal welfare law that also provides for the end of the fur industry.

Rabbits are an exception. For them, the agony continues.
The owners of the fur farms have one year to close their farms.

If Poland, as the third-largest fur producer in the world, actually excludes from this torture, then it will be a gigantic success.
If Poland falls after number 4, the Netherlands, then we will also be able to free Europe from the chains of the fur industry.

This is thanks to the many great animal rights activists in Poland.

Many thanks to all people and organizations for their joint actions! Thank you for your own initiatives that you are taking so actively!
Thank you for your many years of campaigns for animal rights!

Image: BASTA Inicjatywa na Rzecz Zwierząt

 

We post some photos of the action, protests with local residents against mink farming.
Much of it has come together in 10 years …

Image: BASTA Inicjatywa na Rzecz Zwierząt

 

Thank you Otwarte Klatki
Thank you BASTA Inicjatywa na Rzecz Zwierząt
Thank you, Viva, and all the others.

My best regards to all, Venus

Poland makes a huge step in the right direction for animal welfare.

Poland makes a huge step in the right direction

18 September 2020

Otwarte Klatki

During an historic meeting for the legal protection of animals, the lower house of the Polish Parliament discussed the “Five for animals” bill which proposes key changes to the animal protection law. 77% of MPs voted in favour of an amendment which includes a ban on breeding animals for fur.

The Five for Animals bill proposed measures that include, among other things:

  • A ban on fur farming
  • The strengthening of controls on the living conditions of animals
  • A ban on the use of animals for entertainment (e.g. in circuses)
  • A ban on keeping animals permanently chained
  • The definition of minimum pen dimensions 
  • A restriction on the possibility of ritual slaughter

Otwarte Klatki started the fur ban campaign (called “Cena Futra” – price of fur) 9 years ago. Since then, they have exposed the reality of the Polish fur industry with crucial investigations.

Their last investigation exposed the suffering of minks in what is probably the biggest mink farm in the world, bringing fur farming back on the political agenda. 

Just two hours after the footage went public the Polish ruling party announced the “Five for Animals” bill during a press conference. The initiative received crossparty support resulting in a majority of MPs (77%) voting in favour. Now the bill has to be voted by the Senate (the upper house of the Polish Parliament) and signed by the president. 

Read the full story on Anima International

Some Very Recent Positive News From Poland Regarding Fur Farming and Animals In Entertainment.

WAV Comment:

It has to be remembered that, Mike Moser was the former CEO of the British Fur Trade Association and worked in the fur industry for over ten years.  No doubt, as the voice for the animal abusing fur industry, Moser spoke out about the actions of animal rights activists against the trade, telling everyone ‘how good’ the fur trade was for animal welfare at every opportunity that came his way.

We now kind of welcome (but still have real doubts) that he has finally seen the light and has (especially with his past personal involvement in the business) decided to do a complete U turn and allegedly speak out about the abuses suffered by animals the world over on fur farms.  If you need any proof of this, we can supply dozens of links; but here is literally one we posted only yesterday:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/09/08/poland-the-price-of-a-fur-coat-terrible-animal-suffering-revealed-on-huge-polish-fur-farm/

But we are extremely cautious about this change; Moser was in the highest position in the BFTA and in the past would deny the terrible conditions for the suffering animakls, and also speak out against expose by the animal rights activists whenever he could.  No doubt as CEO of the BFTA he was also paid a half decent salary !

Can a leopard change its spots ? – we would like to think so but as stated, we are very cautious about it all.

This morning (9/9/20) Mark (WAV) and Mark Glover at ‘Respect for Animals’ (Nottingham, England) – http://www.respectforanimals.org/about/  has a good talk about this particular issue especially.  Mark Glover originally founded ‘Respect’ and is a totally seasoned campaigner and has dedicated his entire life to exposing and speaking out against the fur trade.  We very mmuch admire his professionalism and dedication to the cause.  We worked with ‘Respect’ by providing lots of evidence regarding the fur farms in Serbia, which have now all been closed by the recent Serbian fur ban.  Much of the work at the Serbian end must be attributed to Slavica; who we sadly lost recently.

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/07/17/dr-medicine-slavica-mazak-beslic-a-dear-animal-campaigner-friend-lost-today/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/07/17/for-slavica-mazac-beslic/

Fur Farm ban – Serbia – Links:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/01/08/serbia-victory-fur-farms-all-now-banned-from-1st-january-2019/

Mark (Glover) also provided some very encouraging news regarding Poland – see the video on the first link above.  He forwarded on to us some information which is hot news today which we wish to share with you –

Poland – Ruling party plans to ban fur farming, use of animals for entertainment

Poland’s ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) plans to file a bill banning fur farming and the use of animals for entertainment purposes. The legislation is to go to the Sejm (lower house) still this week.

Earlier on Tuesday, PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński said Poland needs new animal protection legislation, and voiced hope for the bill’s support above political divisions. He added that the proposed laws were motivated by humanitarian considerations, and strove to raise animal protection in Poland to western-European standards.

The new laws ban fur farming with the exception of rabbits, and all use of animals for entertainment, including their use in circuses. Also foreseen is the stricter control of animal shelters and the establishment of a council for animal affairs under the agriculture minister.

Link:  https://www.thefirstnews.com/article/ruling-party-plans-to-ban-fur-farming-use-of-animals-for-entertainment-15529

Mark Glover was involved with UK live exports for a while; and so Mark (WAV) gave him some information on the current situation and the continued use of the ‘Joline’ vessel by Dutchman Onderwater out of Ramsgate.

It was a great chat and I closed by wishing Mark continued success with Respect and being a huge voice for animals suffering in the fur trade.

Regards Mark (WAV)

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‘I saw animals in cages, stressed and suffering’: Former fur trade boss calls for UK sales ban

Mike Moser, who has visited fur farms across the globe, said sales of fur have “no place in modern society”.

https://news.sky.com/story/i-saw-animals-in-cages-stressed-and-suffering-former-fur-trade-boss-calls-for-uk-sales-ban-12066698

The former CEO of the British Fur Trade Association has called on the prime minister to ban fur sales in the UK.

Mike Moser, who worked in the fur industry for a decade, described it as “anachronistic, barbaric and unnecessary”.

In an exclusive broadcast interview with Sky News, he said: “I visited fur farms across the globe. I saw animals in cages, stressed and suffering…prime minister I’m calling upon you to stop this inconsistency, to stop this cruel practice and to ban the sale of fur – now.”

Fur farming was banned in the UK in 2000 after a consultation found overwhelming public support for the move.

However, the UK still imports foreign-farmed fur including fox, rabbit, mink, racoon and chinchilla, which Mr Moser believes is “inconsistent, ambiguous, and hypocritical”.

He told Sky News: “Fur is not a necessity. It’s for vanity. In 2020, there is no justification for fur – full stop. That an animal is caged for its entire life is wrong.”

He says the fur trade “has no place in modern society” and “is out of place and out of time”.

He claims it was coming home to his pet labrador after visiting fur farms overseas that made him increasingly question the ethics of keeping foxes and raccoon dogs in wire cages for their entire lives.

He added: “It’s a big U-turn for me, but it’s OK to change your mind and I would implore people who are considering buying fur to change their minds.”

Mr Moser resigned from his role as chief executive of the British Fur Trade Association after he gave evidence at a parliamentary inquiry launched due to a Sky News investigation into the mis-selling of real fur as fake.

We found major high street stores were advertising products as “faux” fur when in reality they were rabbit, mink, fox, raccoon dog, and most consistent with cat.

After Sky News presented the findings in parliament, the select committee concluded retailers were failing consumers and recommended a public consultation on a fur ban should take place.

Mr Moser told Sky News: “As soon as the committee report was published, I resigned. I resigned from the fur trade because I could no longer in all good faith, and with a good conscience, defend what I believe to be indefensible.

“I no longer believed it possible to raise animals in cages and maintain good welfare. I no longer believe in the right of the industry to exist when its product, the fur is produced solely for vanity.”

During his 10 years working for the fur industry, Mr Moser visited farms on five continents and found the confined conditions “upsetting”.

He told Sky News: “The animals on the fur farms are born in cages, and they lead their short lives in the cages. They never know what it’s like to run free. The cages are mesh cages.

“They have to be so that the faeces of the animals can fall through the floor. So in the case of the mink and young fox cubs…their feet are too small to walk on the mesh and quite often they fall through the floor.

“Both these animals, particularly the mink, have padded feet, walking on these metal grids causes sores. It must be immensely uncomfortable.”

He was also distressed by what he felt were high density farm conditions.

“If you take foxes in particular, the cages are barely larger than the animal,” he said. “Now the welfare regulations in Europe, which are held to be gold standard by the industry were published in 1999, they haven’t changed for 21 years.

“In that time selective breeding by fur farmers has increased the size of animals. So simply by that measure alone, those cages are too small.”

When challenged by Sky News over whether it should be left to consumers to decide whether they purchase fur, an argument Mr Moser had himself regularly used, he responded that “there’s lots of decisions governments take for the greater good”.

In his decade working in the fur industry, footage sometimes emerged of alleged animal cruelty at farms.

“Farmers would come back and explain that these were out of context or not on regulated farms or have been set up by the animal rights extremists,” Mr Moser said.

“If you can’t stop these practices, even on one or two farms, then it’s the system itself that’s wrong. There’s no doubt from the footage that we’ve seen over the years that there are many animals in great distress on many fur farms.”

Mr Moser is now working alongside the Humane Society International charity to campaign for a ban on fur.

Claire Bass, HSI executive director, told Sky News: “Mike spent 10 years on the inside of the fur trade, so his verdict that this is an inherently and unacceptably cruel business is a pretty damning indictment.

“I fully respect Mike’s change of heart, and he now has an important and powerful message for the UK government – if someone like him with a decade’s experience inside the fur industry says it’s right to ban fur sales, then it’s time to take action and end the suffering.”

Labour pledged to stop fur imports in 2018 but the Conservatives are unlikely to review this for the time being.

Responding to a written parliamentary question, environment minister Victoria Prentis said last week: “During the transition period, it is not possible to introduce restrictions relating to the fur trade.

“Once our future relationship with the EU has been established there will be an opportunity for the government to consider further steps it could take in relation to fur sales”.

Mr Moser’s high profile U-turn follows that of multiple designers – who have pledged fur-free policies including Prada, Gucci, Armani, Versace, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, DKNY, and Burberry.

Want the proof ?

Then watch the video of an undercover investigation by a person who worked at one of the worlds largest mink facilities in Poland.

Video link here:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/09/08/poland-the-price-of-a-fur-coat-terrible-animal-suffering-revealed-on-huge-polish-fur-farm/

From ‘Respect for Animals’ – Nottingham England.

Against the Fur Trade.

Terrible animal suffering revealed on huge Polish fur farm

“This is a shocking investigation. The suffering of these animals can scarcely be imagined.

I personally know what impact seeing these atrocities first hand and close up can have.

As the undercover activist says in the video, some of the things he has seen will live with him forever.

I still live with some of what I saw in UK fur farms more than 20 years ago and it is not easy, but is certainly one of the things that has driven me on to work to end this disgusting industry.”


Mark Glover, Respect for Animals

Respect for Animals’ colleagues at the Fur Free Alliance, Otwarte Klatki, have today released the results of a two-month long investigation using an activist as an undercover farm employee.

The farm in Goreczki is potentially the biggest mink farm in the world, with around 500,000 animals kept in small cages.

The worker documented shocking cases of cannibalism, open wounds and untreated sick animals. He also recorded the reality of working conditions on fur farms: low wages, little training and lack of employment rights. This is of real importance because the fur trade is currently trying to reimage itself as sustainable and ethical. These claims are lies and this investigation is further evidence of the moral bankruptcy of the fur industry.

The undercover activist, called Yevhen, used a phone and hidden camera to document the distressing conditions on the mink farm.

Yevhen agreed to openly speak on camera about his experiences.  The activist describes dead mink found every day in cages, and the shocking “hospital” – supposedly for sick animals, but where they did not receive veterinary help, instead simply killed by gassing or dying untreated and in agony.

This is the reality of industrial fur factory farming. This is why fur farming must be banned.

Take action! Add your name to this letter to the Polish Embassy, calling for fur farming to be banned:

http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-5630432/poland-ban-fur-farming

You can read our full coverage of this vital investigation here:

Regards Mark (WAV)

Poland: The Price of A Fur Coat. Terrible animal suffering revealed on huge Polish fur farm.

From ‘Respect for Animals’ – Nottingham England.

Against the Fur Trade.

Terrible animal suffering revealed on huge Polish fur farm

“This is a shocking investigation. The suffering of these animals can scarcely be imagined.

I personally know what impact seeing these atrocities first hand and close up can have.

As the undercover activist says in the video, some of the things he has seen will live with him forever.

I still live with some of what I saw in UK fur farms more than 20 years ago and it is not easy, but is certainly one of the things that has driven me on to work to end this disgusting industry.”

Mark Glover, Respect for Animals

Respect for Animals’ colleagues at the Fur Free Alliance, Otwarte Klatki, have today released the results of a two-month long investigation using an activist as an undercover farm employee.

The farm in Goreczki is potentially the biggest mink farm in the world, with around 500,000 animals kept in small cages.

The worker documented shocking cases of cannibalism, open wounds and untreated sick animals. He also recorded the reality of working conditions on fur farms: low wages, little training and lack of employment rights. This is of real importance because the fur trade is currently trying to reimage itself as sustainable and ethical. These claims are lies and this investigation is further evidence of the moral bankruptcy of the fur industry.

The undercover activist, called Yevhen, used a phone and hidden camera to document the distressing conditions on the mink farm.

Yevhen agreed to openly speak on camera about his experiences.  The activist describes dead mink found every day in cages, and the shocking “hospital” – supposedly for sick animals, but where they did not receive veterinary help, instead simply killed by gassing or dying untreated and in agony.

This is the reality of industrial fur factory farming. This is why fur farming must be banned.

Take action!

Add your name to this letter to the Polish Embassy, calling for fur farming to be banned:

http://www.123formbuilder.com/form-5630432/poland-ban-fur-farming

You can read our full coverage of this vital investigation here:

Regards Mark

Netherlands: Mink Fur Farms In The Netherlands To Permanently Close Earlier Than Planned In 2021 After COVID-19 Outbreaks.

41 mink fur farms have been hit by the virus (Photo: Adobe. Do not use without permission)

WAV Comment:  Another major nail in the coffin for the fur business.  We warmly welcome the progressive move by the Netherlands (Dutch) parliament to close down all mink farms in 2021 rather than 2024.  A dying trade; literally; which has now witnessed many major clothing manufacturers actually absorb their past links with an abusive industry – and now quite rightly put them into the history books where they belong.

Well done Dutch government !

Regards Mark

Mink Fur Farms In The Netherlands To Permanently Close In 2021 After COVID-19 Outbreaks

‘There has never been a more compelling time for the Netherlands to shut down this industry for good’

LIAM GILLIVER

AUG 30, 2020

The Dutch parliament has announced all mink fur farms in The Netherlands will permanently close by March next year, following a series of coronavirus outbreaks.

The country originally planned to phase mink farms out by 2024 but has fast-tracked the closure after 41 covid-19 farm infections.

In a statement sent to Plant Based News, senior director of public affairs for Humane Society International/Europe Dr. Joanna Swabe commended the government on its decision, which it says ends a ‘completely unnecessary industry and protects citizens’.

‘Virus reservoirs’

“With 41 fur farms and an estimated two million mink now having been infected, the risk of keeping these virus reservoirs operating, is far too great,” Dr. Swabe said.

“Without this early termination of fur farming, up to 13.5 million more animals would be forced to suffer short and miserable lives solely to supply the fickle fashion industry.

“It is a sick industry both literally and figuratively. There has never been a more compelling time for the Netherlands to shut down this industry for good.”

The announcement will not require mink on the 120 remaining fur farms to be preventatively culled unless new infections occur.

Mink on unaffected farms will be slaughtered for their pelts in November this year – but breeders are not permitted to restock.

Finland: Finnish Social Democrats take a historical stand against fur farming. Well Done Them !

Finnish Social Democrats take a historical stand against fur farming, Animalia and Justice for Animals rejoice

25 August 2020

We expect Sanna Marin’s Government to take the necessary steps to end fur farming. The next logical move would be to propose legislation to prohibit fur farming.

Heidi Kivekäs, Executive Director of Animalia

Finnish Social Democrats take a historical stand against fur farming,

In a historical vote, the Social Democratic party of Finland (SDP) committed to working towards ending fur farming and fur sales both in Finland and in the EU within a reasonable transition period. News on the decision broke on 24 August during the Social Democrats’ party congress, held in Tampere, Finland.

Finnish animal rights organizations Animalia and Justice for Animals thank the Social Democrats for their forward-thinking conclusion. The SDP is Finland’s largest party, and their newly confirmed party leader Sanna Marin is Finland’s current Prime Minister.

The ruling party’s decision comes at a time when the acceptability of fur farming is increasingly questioned both among EU citizens and in daily politics. Out of the five parties in Government, the Green Party and the Left Party are also officially against fur farming.

“74 % of Finnish citizens oppose current fur farming practices. For years, animal advocacy organizations have been working hard for a ban on fur farming in Finland. It is brilliant that Finland’s largest party has updated their position in line with the popular opinion.

The majority of the Government parties are now in favour of a fur farming ban. We expect Sanna Marin’s Government to take the necessary steps to end fur farming. The next logical move would be to propose legislation to prohibit fur farming”, Heidi Kivekäs, Executive Director of Animalia, comments.

Initiatives to ban fur farming have entered the parliamentary process in several European countries. Many countries have already introduced full bans, one of the latest being another Nordic country, Norway. A ban is highly possible in Finland now that three out of five Government parties are committed to ending fur farming for good.

“We are extremely pleased with SDP’s freshly formed stance. Animals need everyone for their defense, and an important new ally has now joined the ranks. There are politicians opposing fur farming among other parties too, even if there is no official party line yet. There is still a lot of work to be done so that this party position does not turn into an empty promise”, says Kristo Muurimaa of Justice for Animals.

Both Animalia and Justice for Animals are members of Fur Free Alliance (FFA), a European anti-fur organization. FFA have congratulated the Finnish organisations on this historical win.

Further inquiries:
Heidi Kivekäs 
Executive Director, Animalia 
tel. +358 (0) 50 384 5072 
heidi.kivekas@animalia.fi  
  
Kristo Muurimaa 
Campaigns and Communication, Justice for Animals 
tel. +358 (0) 44 722 3352 
kristo.muurimaa@oikeuttaelaimille.fi

Other (our) WAV posts relating to Finnish fur farming:

Time to ban the fur trade scum from the planet !

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2020/08/01/finland-caged-fur-racoon-impaled-through-eye-and-head-on-finnish-fur-farm-sign-petition-now-to-get-fur-shit-traders-out-of-uk-we-want-a-fur-free-britain/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/10/18/uk-television-star-pete-wicks-cries-over-caged-cubs-raised-for-slaughter-in-chilling-fur-trade-expose-from-finland-investigation/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2018/12/19/finnish-fur-farms-a-horror-industrie/

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England: It’s 2020, Not 1820, Modern Public Opinion Needs Addressing. Military Bearskins, Live Animal Exports and All That – Time for Change ! – by Mark (WAV).

This is an issue which has been a ‘battleground’ for UK animal campaigners and the official British government Defence Ministry for many years.  As an animal activist; I have been involved with this in the past as I feel the use of bearskin is completely unnecessary now days; and has been for many years.

If London soldiers (and others) have to parade around in furry hats; then let them; fine; I have no objection to that; but all I say is that with the progress in faux fur over the years; there is no need now for real bearskins to be used in a soldiers hat.  The wearing of bearskin caps goes way back to 1815 when the British fought at Waterloo; have we not moved on a bit since then ? – over 200 years later ?

I have argued the case for a ban on real bearskin with my MP in the distant past; and have always had the reply of ‘indigenous peoples need to get the skins’ as (in my opinion) an excuse for the unnecessary killing of bears.  That is what it comes down to – the slaughter of bears to make hats – it is unnecessary in 2020 as there are a lot of options available that do not involve any cruelty.

Fur farming was banned in the UK some 20 years ago; and we as Brits are well proud of that.  Tribute must go to Mark and the team at ‘Respect for Animals’ who undertook a fantastic campaign to achieve this.  His work continues everywhere – find out more at  http://www.respectforanimals.org/

From what we now understand, once the UK has finally left the EU next year (2021) and is not bound by single market (EU) rules; new legislation could be introduced (in the UK) to ban the use of real bearskin in the guards hats.  It may seem a bit confusing – the UK formally left the EU at the start of 2020; but it is now in a ‘transition period’ (during 2020) with the EU where trade deals are going to be negotiated and set.  This is to allow trade between the UK and the EU; so at the moment, despite leaving the EU, the UK cannot really introduce its own legislation; free from the rules of the EU, until new trade negotiations are completed this year (2020).  Issues like animal welfare are included in the negotiations; and with higher, good welfare standards than in some places within the EU; UK activists do not want to see the UK lowering standards to those of some EU nations with issues such as intensive farming and fur.

Very recently; the UK government DEFRA; (Department for Food, the Environment and Regional Affairs) confirmed a sale ban which could raise standards (laws) further with regards fur products by the introduction of new laws; once the UK is completely free in 2021.  The ban could affect both new and vintage coats, and also see shops selling decades old furs from being sold.  Many areas in London are already not selling any fur products; a move which we welcome.

DEFRA said in their statement: “the UK has some of the highest welfare standards in the world and this is both a source of pride and a clear reflection of British attitudes towards animals.  Fur farming has been banned in this country (UK) for nearly 20 years, and at the end of the transition period we will be able to properly consider steps to raise (our) standards even further. This is something that the Government is very keen to do”.

We at WAV would also include here the issue of live animal exports.  Under current EU rules, the UK cannot introduce an individual state ban on live animal export; but this will be possible in 2021; post trade negotiations; when the UK is free from the shackles of the EU and can make its own legislations.  In 2021 we are hoping that with campaign pressure and the vast majority wish of the British people voicing opinion against live export, the UK government will ban the export of live animals to Europe by (primarily) the Dutch and that the UK will formally stop this disgusting trade in sentient beings that we have been directly involved with for decades.

Read more on the Dutch association with UK live animal exports here:

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https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/07/17/netherlands-the-convicted-dutch-criminal-who-still-exports-live-sheep-for-eid-why-does-the-eu-not-act/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/08/08/england-sealed-box-type-animal-trailers-how-the-industry-dodges-identifying-what-they-transport-and-the-eu-oks-it/

Back to bearskin hats for soldiers.  It is thought that the British Army purchases between 50 and 100 skins each year.; at a cost of around £650 per skin.  HIS UK which is being consulted on the issue, stated that there could be ‘pragmatic exemptions’ from outdated fur being worn; such as with hats already in use by the military.  But any ban on fur could apply under normal circumstances to charity shops, vintage fashion shops, anything in fact both on the high street or online which relates to fur.

Plans should take place in 2021 to have consultations on the issue; with an opportunity for both business and the general public to have their say.  Even now, 81 MP’s and over 750,000 Britons support a ban on the sale of fur.  Through effective and educational campaigning; the AR movement and organisations such as ‘Respect for Animals’ have won in the desperate attempt by the fur industry to withdraw itself from the animal suffering and grim truth that we all see regarding fur and fur farming.

Mark at WAV says – you cannot meet the complex behavioural and biological requirements of highly active and highly inquisitive animals such as mink, foxes and raccoon dogs by keeping them in the utmost deplorable conditions which we have all seen and posted about regarding fur farms.  It is a simple fact; no amount of any PR spin by the fur industry and the animal killers will change that.  A fur ban is not simply a fur wearing ban; it is about the saving of  and the sparing of millions of animals the excruciating torment of confined life on a fur farm.  It is time for the UK government to acknowledge the very strong British public opinion that any trade in the fur industry is cruel and unacceptable.  It is time for a complete ban in every way as soon as the chance arises in 2021.

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But until the UK officially leaves the EU on 31st December 2020, it cannot implement a unilateral ben on the fur trade and all its associated products.  We understand that any new / future law would need most importantly to protect animal welfare, and that a draft government Bill / documentation on the fur ban has already been produced by HIS UK with the government.  Meetings to date between parties have been described as ‘productive’.

A spokesperson for the British Fur Trade Association has said that ‘it beggars belief that in the middle of a pandemic and a recession, the government is secretly working on plans to ban the fur in people’s wardrobes.  He went on declaring that fur is a natural and sustainable product that comes from highly regulated (??) and humane (???) sources which have increased sales by over 200% in recent years due to their ‘popularity’.  Also declaring that the government needs to reject the pressure being exerted by ‘animal rights groups’ and instead focus on issues that actually matter to people !

So, no win for either at the moment; although it seems very much like the UK is coming out on the side of fur bearing animals.  We at WAV fully support this approach. and we look forward very much to 2021 for many reasons.  If we get a full fur ban in every way in the UK, and also stop by law the export of live animal exports, then things are moving on positively big time.

The government has a choice; it listens and acts on behalf of the people, or the people throw them out when they have the chance. A simple choice; and we hope they listen to the wishes of the vast majority of the British people.

Fur and live export bans as soon as possible !

Regards Mark (WAV)

France: Great News – More than two thirds of French citizens want better animal welfare – But Will the Government Ever Listen to Them ?

WAV Comment:  Congratulations, the citizens of France have had their sayand the voice is clear and effective.  As always, the governments seem to be living in a different world to ‘their’ people.  The option – vote them out at the earliest convenience !

More than two thirds of French citizens want better animal welfare

19 August 2020

An unprecedented survey carried out by Fondation Brigitte Bardot and IFOP in August 2020 reveals that French citizens want better protection for animals.

A few weeks after the launch of a shared initiative referendum (RIP) on animal welfare, the results of the survey carried out by our Member Fondation Brigitte Bardot and IFOP confirm the interest shown by French citizens in topics related to breeding, hunting, animal experimentation, wild animals used in circuses, intensive farming, illegal pet trade and slaughter without stunning.

The survey was carried out between August 5 and 7, 2020 with a sample of 1,009 people representative of the French population. The results of the survey were covered by Le Monde and show a strong support from French citizens to improve laws regulating the welfare of animals in France.2/3 of citizens want to see an improvement in the protection of animals in France, despite the lack of political ambition of the government. 

For Cristophe Marie, spokesperson of Fondation Brigitte Bardot, “These results bear witness of the interest of the French in the animal condition and the need to start a transition towards production methods that are more respectful of animals, but also towards the abolition of the most cruel practices, such as slaughter without stunning or hunting with hounds.” 

The difficulty is that our young president is pursuing an old-fashioned policy, under the influence of hunters and the FNSEA (National Federation of Farmers’ Unions). These lobbies, with their support from high places, thwart any positive development, making France the red lantern of the animal condition in Europe.”

Cristophe Marie, Spokesperson of Fondation Brigitte Bardot

THE SURVEY:

  • 82% of the French are against hunting with hounds;
     
  • 82% in favor of a ban on the use of cages within the next 5 years;
     
  • 91% in favor of making outdoor access compulsory for all farmed animals within the next 10 years;
     
  • 86% in favor of making  the stunning of animals before slaughter compulsory in France (without exception for halal or kosher slaughter);
     
  • 77% in favor of banning the breeding of animals for the sole purpose of marketing their fur;
     
  • 70% in favor of a commitment by the public authorities to finance the development of alternative methods to animal experimentation;
     
  • 73% in favor of banning animal testing within the next 10 years;
     
  • 72% in favor of banning the sale of pets through social networks, online platforms and pet shops;
     
  • 84% in favor of the obligation to sterilize stray cats with financial participation from the municipalities;
     
  • 73% agree that the public authorities should support circuses professionals in the transition towards circuses without wild animals.

Russia: Now Developing a Covid 19 Vaccine to Protect Mink At Its Vast FUR FARMS.

Russia says it is developing a Covid-19 vaccine for mink and CATS after boasting it has made first treatment for humans

  • A vaccine for animals is being worked on and is expected to be tested in autumn 
  • Russia has around 100 fur farms specialising in mink for the large fur industry  
  • Vladimir Putin hailed the country’s human vaccine as a world beater 

russian mink fur farms – Google Search

mink at russian mink farm | Animals, Animals images, Mink

russian mink fur farms – Google Search

Russian mink farms where thousands are slaughtered and left to rot to make  $1m coats | Daily Mail Online

Russia says it is developing a new Covid-19 vaccine to protect mink in its vast fur farms, as well as domestic cats. 

Rosselkhoznadzor, Russia’s veterinary watchdog, announced it is working on a vaccine for animals that is expected to be tested in the autumn.

This follows cases of domestic cats with Covid-19 in Moscow and Tyumen.

‘We are working on the creation of a vaccine for animals against the new coronavirus infection,’ said the organisation’s head Sergey Dankvert.

‘The vaccine is needed primarily for mink,’ he said.

russian mink fur farms – Google Search

Russian mink farms where thousands are slaughtered and left to rot to make  $1m coats | Daily Mail Online

russian mink fur farms – Google Search

Fuck everything about this. Fur farm in Russia(post from WTF). : vegan

russian mink fur farms – Google Search

I have no sympathy for the animals: Russian fur farms where thousands are  slaughtered to make coats and blankets then left to rot in stinking corpse  mountain

Above – the reality of fur farming in Russia.

‘They quickly transmit the virus to each other.’

A case was reported of a mink infecting a human in the Netherlands.

Russia has around 100 fur farms specialising in mink farming for its large fur industry.

‘People will want to vaccinate pets as well – for example, cats that become infected with a new coronavirus infection,’ he said.

This comes after Russia claims that the West is actively seeking to poach the scientists behind its controversial new Covid-19 vaccine.  

The head of Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology, Professor Alexander Gintsburg, the key scientist behind the human vaccine hailed by Vladimir Putin as a world beater, said in several interviews that the ‘jealous’ West was seeking to ‘buy out’ the top brains in his team.

Any American or European university can only dream of having such researchers,’ he said.

‘And they are seeking to lure them away.

‘But they will not be able to.’

The team that made the Covid-19 vaccination had been together ten years, he said, claiming they were resisting lucrative approaches.

The rush to announce the Sputnik V vaccine – only tested on dozens of people – has been widely criticised in the West, and key figures inside Russia.

Russian health chiefs have been forced to make clear that it cannot be used on this under 18 or over 60 because tests have not been carried out on these age groups.

‘A large amount of additional work is certainly required,’ admitted Gintsburg, who is starting post-registration tests on 30,000 people.

Mass vaccination will start in around one month, it is expected.

But the head of Rospotrebnadzor, Russia’s public health watchdog, Anna Popova, made clear that the country will not solely rely Gintsburg’s vaccine announced with such fanfare by the Kremlin last week when the drug was registered.

‘It is absolutely certain that each country, including the Russian Federation, should have several different vaccines. This is what we are doing today,’ she said.