Category: Fur and Fur Farming

Norway: the farms of the blood are over!

 

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There are about 300 fur farms in Norwayeach year more than 800,000 animals are killed there. That should stop, the new government in Oslo has now decided. But not right now.

Last Monday, the Norwegian government made its decision: By 2025 there should be no more fur farms in Norway! It is a big step forward for animal welfare and also for Norway, a country that led the fox fur production. How this will affect the sale of fur in Norway is still unclear.
According to animal welfare organization PETA, there are currently about 300 fur farms in Norway, where over 700,000 mink and 110,000 foxes are bred and killed each year.

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Thanks to Norway’s Liberal Party, which is strongly committed to the welfare of animals and the environment, this proposal was presented last Sunday to the new coalition.

Norway is thus after the Netherlands, which also get out of the fur production in 2024, the country with the second largest fur industry, which has ever issued a ban.

There are 200 to 250 fur farms, which are gradually dissolved, until in 2025 finally no longer exists. The Ministry of Agriculture reported that there are 610,000 mink and 150,000 foxes in the farms.

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Andrzej Pazgan, coordinator for Eastern Europe at the animal welfare organization PETA Germany, said in an interview that the political decision was long overdue:

“In fact, this decision has been discussed for several years, but was repeatedly believed the promises of the fur industry, that the documented farms were only ‘black sheeps’ and that improvements would be possible. “(!!!)

FUCHSPELZ, LANDWIRTSCHAFT,Norwegian fur farmer Per Blilie (C) skins one of his foxes at his farm in Gjovik, Norway, 28 November 2010.

While animal rights activists in Norway and around the world are celebrating the decision, the Norwegian operators of fur farms are appalled that their very existence is at stake. The fur breeders’ association said the producers were “shaken to the core” (!!!)

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The fight has been going on for a long time, not only for animal welfare organizations, but also for scientists and the Norwegian people. The French daily “Le Monde” reports that 68% of Norwegians are against fur. Further figures confirm this: 99% of the fur trade in Norway would not be possible without exports, especially to Russia and China.

Siri Martinsen, veterinarian and director of the largest non-governmental organization for animal welfare in Norway (NOAH) is relieved:

“This is a great victory for the animals and those who fight for them. The government has finally heard the opinion of the majority of the population and the scientists who call the fur trade sector obsolete and brutal”.

The motion still has to be passed by Parliament, but seven out of nine parties have already voted in favor. So it’s just a formality. The fur farms will be compensated in parallel to the closures.

The Norwegian Veterinary Institute and the Norwegian Veterinary Association also agree and point to the catastrophic living conditions of the animals in the fur farms. What is questioned here is the lack of humanity:

“We reject the cruel conditions that animals are subjected to in captivity. They are not compatible with their physiological needs”.

http://www.holidogtimes.com/de/norwegen-verbietet-pelzfarmen-ab-2025/#gs.jrqjns

 

My comment: And now the fur farm owners complain again: we are financially ruined, our livelihood is broken …
There are many other decent professions: teachers, mail boats, locomotive drivers …. To live from the blood of others is not a job, it is a legalized crime that a civilized society no longer needs and no longer wants.
It is enough shameful that all fur hangmen are compensated with EU funds (our money) for making croupels out of the animals in cages that they gassed, electrified and skinned  alive.

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The fur mafia is one of the most violent and bloodiest industries in the world and the hypocritical “Origin Assured” label (ie, “safe provenance” fur) is nothing more than a marketing tactic to veil the industry’s true atrocities. The Origin Assured Fur label has one dirty purpose: to make people feel better when they support one of the world’s cruelest industries.

And now a small overview of the success we have had in the fur industry in recent years:

Austria, Great Britain, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzigowina, Serbia and Macedonia have legally prohibited fur farms.

The Swiss Animal Protection Act stipulates how wild animals such as mink and foxes must be kept under zoo standards. These requirements are so high that Switzerland has long been free of fur farms.

In the Czech Republic, a fur farm ban will come into force in 2019, in Norway in 2025.

In the Netherlands, the second largest mink producer in Europe, keeping chinchillas and foxes is already prohibited. The last mink farms will close in 2024.

In March 2019, it was announced that no animals were kept at the last German fur farm in Rahden (NRW). Even though the farm has not yet been deregistered by the local authorities, it can be assumed that no new animals will be used due to the high legal requirements that will apply from 2022 onwards. The penultimate farm in Döhlen (Saxony) was closed in 2018.

In the EU, import and trade in sealskins, as well as dog and cat skins are now prohibited. Unfortunately these come as “faux fur mislabeled in the trade.

And the market leader China, with 69 percent of global fur production, we will soon abolish or damage so badly that China will automatically stop running this bloody fur business.

My best regards to all, Venus

More About Fur Free Prada.

THE PRADA GROUP ANNOUNCES FUR-FREE POLICY   AND JOINS THE INTERNATIONAL FUR FREE RETAILER PROGRAM

 

Following on from our recent post about Prada going fur free:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/05/23/prada-senza-pellicce/

 

.. we can now bring you more from ‘Respect for Animals’ in England.

Here is a link to their post, and below we have reproduced below what is said:

http://www.respectforanimals.org/the-prada-group-announces-fur-free-policy-and-joins-the-international-fur-free-retailer-program/

 

May 22, 2019 – Today, the Prada Group has announced that it will no longer use animal fur in its designs or new products, starting from their 2020 Spring/Summer Women’s collections. In collaboration with the Fur Free Alliance (FFA), a coalition of more than 50 animal protection organizations from over 40 countries, the Prada Group announcement follows positive dialogue between the luxury brand and FFA members, LAV and The Humane Society of the United States.

“The Prada Group is committed to innovation and social responsibility, and our fur-free policy – reached following a positive dialogue with the Fur Free Alliance, in particular with LAV and the Humane Society of the United States – is an extension of that engagement,” said Miuccia Prada. “Focusing on innovative materials will allow the company to explore new boundaries of creative design while meeting the demand for ethical products.”

Mark Glover, Campaigns Director for Respect for Animals which leads the FFA’s Fur Free Retailer programme in the UK said: “This announcement by Prada is great news and testament to the strength of the compelling anti-fur campaign. 100 million animals are killed every year just for their fur – a product nobody needs. The suffering these animals endure is extreme and completely unnecessary. Today’s announcement is another step towards the day when this appalling treatment of the animals we share the planet with is finally brought to an end.”

“The Fur Free Alliance applauds the Prada Group for going fur-free”, said Joh Vinding, Chairman of the Fur Free Alliance. “The Prada Group with its brands now joins a growing list of fur-free brands that are responding to consumers’ changing attitudes towards animals.”

 “The Prada Group’s decision to go fur-free is consistent with the new concept of ethical luxury and meets the expectations of new consumers who are more careful in choosing sustainable products that respect the environment and animals”, said Simone Pavesi, manager of the Animal Free Fashion Area for LAV.

Brigit Oele, program manager for Fur Free Alliance, said: “Prada Group was one of the fastest companies to go fur-free once positive dialogue began a little more than a year ago. The Fur Free Retailer Program includes 1,000 companies, showing that this global movement is gaining momentum fast, and it’s very unlikely that fur will ever return as an acceptable trend.

This is a great day for animals!”

 

Prada: Senza pellicce!

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“Focusing on innovative materials will allow the company to explore new boundaries of creative design while meeting the demand for ethical products.”

—Miuccia Prada, Chief Executive, Prada S.p.A

 

 

For years, PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), as one of Prada’s shareholders, has been pushing for this decision at the annual meetings.

Prada’s fur exit is the result of decades of protests by PETA and its affiliates, who have called for fashion companies to drop their furs with numerous protests – including catwalk storms.

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Prada’s decision to banish fur from his collections is a triumph for the animals and activists. ♥ 🙏

While PETA applauds Prada’s entry into the ranks of furry fashion houses, we are now calling on the label to do the same to Chanel and, in another compassionate decision, to cancel out the cruelly produced skin of crocodiles, lizards or snakes from future collections. Most consumers do not want to wear anything on their skin, for which animals are beaten with clubs or electrocuted.

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Prada’s decision to go fur-free in the future is followed by designers such as Armani, Versace, Ralph Lauren, Vivienne Westwood, John Galliano and Jean Paul Gaultier.

https://www.peta.org/blog/victory-prada-bans-fur/

And we mean.. Another good step to abolish animal suffering, or at least one of the many animal suffering varieties.

Was it our protests, the pressure on the fashion shops, or the thousands of demos and explanations for the consumers that led to this move?
We do not know that. Maybe everything together.
But one thing is for sure: if the fashion designers no longer offer us real fur, then nobody wears it!
It’s that easy!

My best regards, Venus

China: Cruel Cashmere Industry Exposed – The Terrible Suffering of Goats.

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H&M announces it will stop using cashmere

One giant leap for animal welfare.

H&M is taking a stand against the unethical animal practices still prevalent within the production of clothing.

According to a recent investigation conducted by PETA Asia, this brutality – in the name of fashion – has become even more evident.

From this investigation, a disturbing video has surfaced which appears to expose the cruel realities of cashmere production in China and Mongolia – the world’s two largest cashmere exporters (they supply 90 per cent of it).

The video – showcasing the violent makings of the cashmere jumper – seems to reveal the vile mistreatment of animals, showing goats screaming in pain as workers proceed to tear out their hair with sharp metal combs. More explicit footage appears to capture the inhumane practices within slaughterhouses, where the goats’ throats are slashed in front of the others, while those who are deemed unprofitable are hit in the head with a hammer.

Following PETA’s release of this research, fast-fashion giant H&M has announced that it will be boycotting conventional cashmere and will cease placing orders on the material by the end of 2020. On the brand’s site, you’ll find an outline of H&M’s 2030 goal, which promises ‘to only use sustainability-sourced materials’, with an immediate plan ‘to gradually phase out conventional cashmere’.

Just last year, ASOS updated its animal welfare policy, banning materials like fur, silk, mohair and also cashmere – a move prompted by a discussion with PETA.

It’s time for more fashion brands to follow suit.

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A new PETA Asia investigation into the cashmere industry in China and Mongolia – the world’s top cashmere exporters – reveals extreme cruelty to and violent killing of cashmere goats.

The video exposé shows goats screaming in pain and fear as workers tear their hair out. Later, their throats are slit at abattoirs and they’re left to die in agony. Goats suffered on every farm in China and Mongolia visited by the eyewitnesses.

Together, China and Mongolia produce 90 per cent of the world’s cashmere.

Workers Stepped on Terrified Goats and Twisted Their Limbs

Eyewitnesses saw workers hold down and step on frightened goats, bending their legs into unnatural positions as they tore out their hair using sharp metal combs.

Combing in the cashmere industry is not as innocent as it sounds.

 

 

No Veterinary Care Provided

Goats left with bloody cuts from the hair-removal process received no pain relief or veterinary care. One worker simply poured rice wine into an animal’s wound.

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Goats Hit With Hammers and Killed When No Longer Profitable

Cashmere goats deemed no longer profitable endure slow, agonising deaths. At an abattoir in China, eyewitnesses saw workers hit animals in the head with a hammer in an attempt to stun them. In Mongolia, workers were seen dragging goats by one leg onto the abattoir floor before slitting their throats in full view of other goats. They were left to bleed out on the filthy kill floor, and some were seen still moving a full two minutes later.

Goat hit with a hammer in the cashmere industry.

Their flesh is then sold as cheap meat.

Ninety Per Cent of All Cashmere Comes From China and Mongolia

Nearly all cashmere is produced in China and Mongolia, so if you buy a cashmere item, it probably came from goats who were abused in one of those countries.

One goat produces, on average, only 250 grams of hair that can be used for cashmere each year. This is so little that in order to produce just one cashmere jacket, the hair of six goats is required.

Environmental Devastation

Cashmere also has the most destructive environmental impact of any animal-derived fibre. Because cashmere goats must consume 10 per cent of their body weight in food each day and they eat the roots of grasses, which prevents regrowth, the industry is a significant contributor to soil degradation followed by desertification.

Already, 65 per cent of Mongolia’s grasslands are degraded and 90 per cent of the country is in danger of desertification, which has resulted in some of the world’s worst dust storms on record and air pollution dense enough to reach North America.

 

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https://secure.peta.org.au/page/41627/action/1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norway: closes fur farms from 2025

 

Breeders fight back!
Norway wants to completely ban fur farming until 2025!

 

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The owners of the farms are to be compensated for the closure. They accuse the government of a “historical betrayal” (!!!)

The Norwegian government wants to completely ban fur farming until 2025. This is what the draft law, which was presented on Wednesday in the parliament in Oslo. The owners of the farms should therefore be compensated for the closure. They accuse the government of a “historical betrayal”.

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Specifically, the law provides that the possession of animals should be prohibited if they are killed “for sale or other use of their coat”.
The government estimates that it will have to budget around 500 million kroner (52 million euros) in compensation. A spokesperson for the Norwegian Fur Breeders Association said the plan will “cause the breeders to go bankrupt”. The estimated sums are far too low.

The proposed ban is a direct result of government formation earlier this year. At that time, the small Liberal Party had joined the right-wing conservative coalition and had enforced this point.

According to the Association of Fur Breeders, around 500 people are currently employed in the industry throughout Norway. Together, they generate an annual turnover of about 31 million euros. Norway accounts for one percent of the world’s production of mink fur and between two and three percent of fox fur.

https://www.kleinezeitung.at/international/tiere/5610773/Zuechter-wehren-sich_Norwegen-will-Pelztierfarmen-bis-2025

 

I read a very nice comment in the paper where the article came from:

“A first small step in the right direction !!!!The BREEDERS = ANIMALS TORMENTS, who are afraid of bankruptcy, should look after themselves honestly decent work themselves and accomplish something, without tormenting animals, and be glad that they are even compensated !!!
We are happy to do without  THIS INDUSTRY !!!!
Should actually succeed in 2020 !!! to close the farms.
What do you want to wait for ?????”

And I mean: This is a typical reaction of fur farmers, in the whole Europe: If the farmer can do something, that is to find reasons why HE is the victim.

When governments no longer cooperate with the Farm Inquisitors, they speak of betrayal.
Treachery to a business agreement that allows animals to be locked, tortured, forgiven and skined for years in wire cages. And if it is abolished, it is betrayal!!
One wonders how the 500 fur farmers in Norway would have called themselves if they had been locked in the cells for only a week and then left their thick skin as pocket leather in the gas chamber?

My best regards, Venus

Canada: 9/4/19 – The Seal Hunt Has Begun.

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http://www.oceansentry.org/canadas-dfo-just-announced-seal-hunt-begin-monday-april-9/

https://www.canadasshame.com/

 

9/4/19 – Canada’s barbaric seal slaughter has begun.

 

Check out a few of our recent posts:

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/03/29/canada-canadian-hunters-want-to-club-tens-of-thousands-more-baby-seals-to-death-in-cull-expansion/

https://worldanimalsvoice.com/2019/03/27/canada-politicians-just-dont-understand-why-the-world-hates-them-so-much-lets-go-clubbing-seals-or-no-seals/

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Sealers will be killing tens of thousands of helpless young seals before they’re through, shooting them or slamming spiked clubs into their soft skulls, then tearing their skin off—often in full view of family members helpless to stop the killing. It’s up to kind people like you and me to make sure that this year’s massacre is the last.

The commercial slaughter of seals in Canada is on its last leg, yet despite the growing outcry against it both in Canada and around the world, the Canadian government is allowing it to take place again, leaving countless bloodied bodies in its wake. Many seal pups are so young they haven’t even learned how to swim before they’re violently killed.

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Thanks to the activism of PETA members, there are few countries left that are willing to buy seals’ skins, their flesh, or seal oil—and it’s clear that this grisly trade is on life support. Without the millions of dollars in government subsidies it receives, it would have collapsed long ago—and with your help, we’re urging Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (below) to stop propping up the sealing industry with taxpayers’ dollars.

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If you wish to make a donation to help this campaign and to try and make Canada stop the cull, then go to the following:

https://support.peta.org/page/9981/donate/1?utm_source=PETA::E-Mail&utm_medium=Appeal&utm_campaign=0419::skn::PETA::E-Mail::ActDR-Abgimg::seals::ap1&supporter.appealCode=H19DEAXXXXA&ea.url.id=220025&forwarded=true

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