Category: Fur and Fur Farming

Italy: Fantastic News – Italy Bans Fur Farming as of January 2022!

Italy bans fur farming as of January 2022!

21 December 2021

ALI

Today marks history: after having adopted a temporary ban linked to the COVID-19 outbreaks in mink farms and the potential impact on pubic health, Italy decided today to ban fur farming for good as of 1 January 2022.

Over 60,000 minks were killed every year in Italy for the “value” of their fur. Thanks to the endless efforts of Italian animal protection organisations and the mobilisation of citizens, from 1st January 2022 this cruelty will never be repeated.

The approved amendment:

  • Fur farming ban (for all species, not only mink), as already established by almost twenty other European countries, from 1st January 2022.
  • Dismantling by 30th June 2022 of the 5 latest farms which in 2020 produced 60,000 mink per year; and, at the same time, confirmation of the breeding ban already in place since last January for the 7,039 breeders still held in these farms.
  • A Decree of the Ministry of Ecological Transition, the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Health will be issued by 31st January 2022 to regulate eventual change of ownership, sterilization and detention of mink from former fur farms to sanctuaries/shelters preferably managed directly or in collaboration with recognized animal rights associations.
  • State indemnities up to a maximum of 3 million euros for the closure and disposal of each farm, as well as 3 million euros in total for their conversion into agrivoltaic the production of clean energy, to be assigned by 31 January 2022.

A special congratulations to our Italian member organisations who have been very busy achieving this historical step during the last months: LAV, Essere Animali Animal Law Italy and Animal Equality

Italy is a more civilized country, we have put an end to a cruel, anachronistic, unjustifiable industry that has no more reason to exist in a civil society where the value of respect for animals, as sentient beings, is always more widespread and rooted

Simonhe Pavesi, Animal Free Fashion Area Manager at LAV

Read more at source

LAV

Regards Mark

Fashion magazine “ELLE” has removed fur from all of its editorial and promotional content

LONDON, 2 DECEMBER 2021 – Today ELLE Magazine announced that it has committed to ending the promotion of animal fur in its pages and online.

The announcement was made today at Business of Fashion’s 2021 VOICES event in London and follows dialogue between ELLE brand owner, Lagardère Group, the Humane Society of the United States, Humane Society International and Creatives4Change.

ELLE created a charter to disallow editorial content that promotes animal fur on its pages, websites and social media. This includes no animal fur in editorials, press images, runway and street style images.

The charter, which is in alignment with the Fur Free Alliance’s definition of fur, also no longer allows the depiction of animal fur in any advertisements on its pages and online.

All ELLE editions around the world signed it, which includes publications in Arabia (English and French editions), Argentina, Australia, Belgium (Flemish and French editions), Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada (English and French editions), China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Ivory Coast, Japan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, UK, Ukraine, USA and Vietnam.

For 13 of those editions, the charter is already effective, for 20, it will be effective as of Jan. 1, 2022, and for the remaining editions, it will be effective as of Jan. 1, 2023.

The ELLE network that will be impacted by this announcement includes:
45 editions worldwide
21 million readers per month
6.6 million copies sold per month
175 million total reach
46 websites, 100 million unique visitors, 400 million pages viewed and multiple mobile/tablet apps

According to Constance Benqué, CEO Lagardère News and CEO ELLE International:

“Societal engagement has always been one of the key pillars of the ELLE brand. The world has changed and the end of the use of fur is aligned with the course of history. We hope that, with this commitment, ELLE will open the path for other media to disallow fur promotion, all around the globe, and promote a fur-free future.”

According to Valéria Bessolo LLopiz, SVP and international director of ELLE:

“For many years, ELLE has been engaged towards environment, sustainability and ecology through regular features or special green issues. The presence of animal fur in our pages and on our digital media is no longer in line with our values, nor our readers.

It is time for ELLE to make a statement on this matter, a statement that reflects our attention to the critical issues of protecting and caring for the environment and animals, rejecting animal cruelty. It is also an opportunity for ELLE to increase awareness for animal welfare, bolster the demand for sustainable and innovative alternatives, and foster a more humane fashion industry.”

Alexi Lubomirski, fashion photographer and founder of Creatives for Change, says:

“Since its inception, ELLE magazine has always been a leading light in fashion, synonymous with a freshness, unencumbered by the weight of tradition and formality. Because of this strength, ELLE was said to ‘not so much reflect fashion as decree it.’

It is this creative power to inspire, that allows ELLE to make broad steps in shaping the hearts and minds of its readers for a more evolved and aware future for all.”

PJ Smith, director of fashion policy for the HSUS and HSI, adds:

“We celebrate ELLE for taking a stand against the cruel fur trade and look forward to other fashion magazines following their lead. This announcement will ignite positive change throughout the entire fashion industry and has the potential to save countless animals from a life of suffering and a cruel death.

ELLE’s leadership will also drive innovation for more sustainable and humane alternatives.”

https://www.furfreealliance.com/elle-international-pledges-fur-free/

And I mean… More than 100 million animals worldwide are killed for their fur every year, including mink, fox, raccoon dog, chinchilla, rabbit and coyote – that’s the equivalent of three animals dying every second just for their fur.

Every designer who puts fur on the catwalk, every retailer who puts fur on the shelves, and every consumer who hangs fur in their closet helps keep the shameful misery on the fur farms going.

This spiral must stop and fur sales and fur farming must be banned in the EU and worldwide.

In this respect, we welcome the decision of ELLE magazine to no longer support this bloody business with advertising. Fashion designers have always used these luxury magazines as advertising media for their fur articles.

Now one puts an end to that, and we think that’s great.

My best regards to all, Venus

England: News snippets from around the world – with thanks to ‘The Guardian’ (National Press), London.

The use of gene-editing technology to create female-only and male-only litters of mice has opened the door for the same technique to be used in the chicken industry to prevent the birth of male chicks. Millions of male chickens are culled every year because they don’t lay eggs so are surplus to requirements of egg farmers.


The demand for animal protein in China could increase by up to 30% by 2050, according to new estimates published in the scientific journal Nature, increasing demands on land and water, as well as greenhouse gas emissions. A significant amount of agricultural goods will need to be imported to meet the demand, with China already hugely reliant on soya bean imports to feed livestock.

WAV Comment – Concerning !

The EU ban on the use of animal byproducts for animal feed – introduced after the BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy) crisis in the early 1990s – has been lifted. It will allow practices such as the use of pork-based feed by chicken farmers, reducing their reliance on soy.

WAV Comment – Also concerning !

Nine US pork plants have been given permission to apply to trial faster processing line speeds. Faster slaughtering would help meat companies boost pork production at a time of strong demand and high bacon prices. The United Food and Commercial Workers union has previously sued the US Department of Agriculture over concerns about worker safety.

Mink farming is to be phased out in the Canadian province of British Columbia. The Department of Agriculture said it was making the move because the animals are “reservoirs” for Covid-19. All mink farms must be closed – and all pelts sold – by April 2025. France has also passed legislation to outlaw mink farming.

Legislation to make fur farming illegal in Ireland has moved a step further. Pippa Hackett, land use and biodiversity minister, said: “We are hoping the bill will pass before the end of the year, and that from January 2022, fur farming in Ireland will be consigned to the history books.”

HSI

Meat has been taken off the menu at meetings, seminars, workshops and public events in Finland’s capital, Helsinki, the city government has announced. From the new year, attendees will instead be served seasonal vegetarian food or “responsibly caught local fish”, oat milk will replace cow’s milk and fair trade products will be offered.

Consumers in the US are facing “meatflation” as animal protein prices rise rapidly. The cost of meat, eggs, fish and seafood have all increased. Meanwhile, sales of plant-based meat in the US are falling due to supply chain problems. Shares in plant-based meat substitute producer Beyond Meat dipped by 19% after the company reported slowing demand in grocery stores and restaurants.

Speaking at the Cop26 summit in Glasgow, the US secretary of agriculture, Thomas Vilsack, said Americans can carry on eating meat while keeping the world within safe global heating limits and that the industry could “make production more sustainable”.

Regards Mark

Armani says NO to Angora-we think it’s great!

We have some exciting news for rabbits!

Following talks with PETA, the Armani Group – whose iconic brands include Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, EA7, and Armani Exchange – has confirmed that it has banned the use of angora in future collections.
The company implemented a ban on fur in 2016.

Today’s socially conscious fashion consumers want nothing to do with an industry that rips the hair out of fully conscious rabbits.

As more and more Italian designers and fashion houses are saying no to fur, angora, and other materials stolen from animals, it’s time for Italian legislators to catch up with the changing times and ban fur farms.

take action to make it happen: https://secure.peta.org.uk/page/64561/action/1

A few things about it: Around 7,000 minks a year are still imprisoned on Italy’s six remaining fur farms. It’s time to shut these facilities down.

Investigations into Italian mink farms have found that animals spend their short, miserable lives inside wire cages, with no access to grass or water to swim in.
Many are left with severe injuries, and some are driven to self-mutilation or cannibalisation of their cagemates by the stress of captivity.

The minks are killed when they’re only about 6 months old – crammed into a box and gassed to death.

These fur farms are putting public health in jeopardy, too. When it comes to the risk of spreading disease, they’re no different from the live-animal market in which the novel coronavirus is believed to have originated.
It’s very easy for infectious diseases to spread on fur farms through the exchange of urine, excrement, pus, and blood.
Minks with infections, sores, and festering, open wounds are a common sight.
Fur farmers and handlers are among those who most commonly suffer from the zoonotic bacterial disease tularaemia.

Following reports that minks tested positive for COVID-19 on fur farms in the Netherlands and that workers are believed to have contracted a strain of the virus from the animals, the Dutch parliament voted by an overwhelming majority to bring forward the implementation of a fur-farming ban in the Netherlands.

Such bans are already in place in Austria, the Czech Republic, Israel, the UK, and several other countries.

A meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council was held in June 2021, and the European Commission was called on to end the breeding of animals for the production of fur in the European Union.

Italy’s Minister of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies Stefano Patuanelli showed support for the ban, declaring that “the breeding of animals for fur is no longer justifiable and Italy will give its maximum support to reach the European ban on this form of breeding”.

PETA is celebrating this progress and has written to Italian government officials, thanking them for taking the right steps forward.

Italians know that fur belongs in the history books, not in our wardrobes.

Over 90% of the country’s population is against fur farming; iconic Italian designer brands such as Armani, Gucci, Elisabetta Franchi, Prada, and Versace are all fur-free; and over the past 30 years, the number of fur farms in Italy decreased from 125 to six.

We must urge the Italian government to stay true to its word by ending all fur farming in Italy now – minks can’t wait any longer.

take action to make it happen: https://secure.peta.org.uk/page/64561/action/1

Amd I mean…The rabbit with the lush, delicate white fur is fixed on a rack.
The front legs are tied up and stretched far forward, the hind legs backwards.

A worker sits down over the rabbit and begins to tear out the fur from the small animal.
The rabbit screams, louder and louder, until his voice cracks in pain … Later the angora rabbit – with fleshy skin, the body covered with wounds – is put back in a narrow lattice cage.
(That immediately reminds me of the down “production”)

Up to 60 percent of the animals that are plucked die in the first two years. Also from hypothermia, because pneumonia can occur without fur
This is the reality behind angora wool.

90% of the angora fur comes from China, even if the finished product was made elsewhere.
Right now at Christmas time we appeal to all people not to buy an angora.

Leave Angora products in the closet and use herbal and synthetic alternatives.
Small things that you don’t pay much attention to can cause a lot of suffering.

My best regards to all, Venus

England: Fur News and Features.

Fur News

Check out all the latest global fur news from our good friend Mark Glover at ‘Respect for Animals’; Nottingham England.

Want to know more about nations and if they have banned fur production, are in the process or will be in future ?

Use the guide to fur bans around the world by clicking on the following link:

A Guide To Fur Bans Around The World | Respect for Animals

The fur industry has been condemned for pursuing a COVID-19 vaccination scheme for factory farmed mink in Finland, diverting key resources needed in the development of vaccines needed to save human lives. The fur trade intends to expand the program around Europe as soon as possible.

Read the full story by clicking on this link:

Fur trade uses key materials needed for human vaccinations | Respect for Animals

Fur industry guilty of ‘greenwashing’ in new report

A new report detailing the environmental impact of fur has criticised the fur industry for ‘greenwashing’, as Respect for Animals calls for governments to take action.

Download the new report here:

Fur industry guilty of ‘greenwashing’ in new report | Respect for Animals

Check out the excellent ‘Respect’ site by visiting at 

Respect for Animals | Campaign against animal fur – Fur for Animals

Regards Mark

EU: A European Commissioner for Animal Welfare? 70% of Europeans want it.

WAV Comment: Lets see the EU now put its money where its mouth is; and act !

A European Commissioner for Animal Welfare? 70% of Europeans want it

15 November 2021

GAIA – Belgium

Press Release

The numbers are clear: 70% of EU Citizens want to appoint a European Commissioner for animal welfare, as shown in an international survey conducted in June 2021. Now, Members of the European Parliament have started the process to support the proposal with the signatures collection for an oral question.

Back in June 2021 IPSOS asked 3,500 European adults between 18 and 65 years old whether they think there should be a European Commissioner for Animal Welfare. The study was conducted in the ten largest EU countries, covering 81% of the EU population: France, Germany, Poland, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Romania, Hungary and Sweden. In all these countries 7 out of 10 citizens think there should be a European Commissioner for Animal Welfare. 

Currently there is no European Commissioner for Animal Welfare and the responsibility is attributed to the Commissioner for Health and Food Safety. However, some countries, like Belgium, appointed a minister explicitly in charge of this domain. 

This decision triggered important effects: a clear responsibility in the government for all legislation related to animal welfare, more transparency, and the allocation of adequate human and financial resources to provide concrete responses on this important topic.

In March 2021, Eurogroup for Animals member GAIA, based in Belgium, launched the campaign #EUforAnimals with the support of over forty other animal rights and welfare organisations across Europe, asking the European institutions to finally give animal welfare the attention it deserves, by integrating it explicitly in the job title of the relevant EU Commissioner. 

The #EUforAnimals campaign has already received the support of over 130,000 citizens and 133 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).  

Twelve MEPs have also launched the signature collection to table a cross-party oral question supporting the demand. The process was initiated by the Niels Fuglsang MEP (S&D, Denmark) and is co-promoted by Sylwia Spurek (Greens/EFA, Poland), Petras Auštrevičius (Renew, Lithuania), Manuel Bompard (GUE/NGL, France), Michal Wiezik (EPP, Slovak Republic), Emmanouíl Fragkos (ECR, Greece), Anja Hazekamp (GUE/NGL, the Netherlands), Johan Van Overtveldt (ECR, Belgium), Emma Wiesner (Renew, Sweden), Sirpa Pietikäinen (EPP, Finland), Maria Noichl (S&D, Denmark) and Francisco Guerreiro (Greens/EFA, Portugal). 

Members of the European Parliament have often well represented the EU citizens’ will to improve the way animals are treated in Europe. It is my hope and the hope of the other MEPs who are co-promoting this oral question, that many colleagues will join us and that the European Commission will respond positively to our proposal, to see as soon as possible Ms Kyriakides’ title changed into EU Commissioner for “Health, Food Safety and Animal Welfare”
 

Niels Fuglsang MEP

The survey clearly shows that the campaign’s demand is supported by a great majority of EU citizens. The EU Commission should not delay giving a positive answer to a proposal that can bring great and lasting benefits to animal welfare both at the continental level and beyond. We hope that Commissioner Kyriakides will decide to support #EUforAnimals and become the first EU Commissioner for Animal Welfare.

Ann De Greef, Director, GAIA

Notes

The full survey results can be found here 

For more information on the initiative visit the #EUforAnimals campaign website

Regards Mark

Portugal / UK: Luxury Fashion Brand Farfetch Pledges To Stop Selling ‘Barbaric’ Angora Wool.

Luxury Fashion Brand Farfetch Pledges To Stop Selling ‘Barbaric’ Angora Wool
Many rabbits in the Angora industry die prematurely due to stress, PETA says. Credit: Adobe. Do not use without permission.

Luxury Fashion Brand Farfetch Pledges To Stop Selling ‘Barbaric’ Angora Wool

Farfetch joins brands like Gucci and Calvin Klein in ditching the animal product

Luxury fashion retailer Farfetch has confirmed it will stop selling Angora wool from April 2022. Animal rights activists have applauded the move, and urged shoppers to opt for animal-free alternatives instead. 

The ban follows pressure from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), purported to be the largest animal rights organization in the world.

This included disruptions of shareholder meetings and more than 100,000 appeals from supporters. Last year, actor Sadie Frost joined forces with PETA, and called on Farfetch to ban Angora for good.

What is Angora wool?

Angora wool is a fabric made from the soft, thick hair of Angora rabbits. It’s long been considered a luxury fiber, however, Angora wool is increasingly falling out of favor.

PETA says the Angora wool industry is rife with animal cruelty, naming it “barbaric.”

A PETA Asia undercover investigator inspected nearly a dozen rabbit farms in China, which produces 90 percent of the world’s Angora, the charity says. 

There, the investigator found rabbits living in cramped, dirty cages. 

When the animals were sheared or plucked, they were suspended in the air or held across boards with their feet bound. Rabbits were “screaming in pain and terror,” PETA says. 

Animals in the Angora industry are first sheared or plucked at around 8 weeks old. Then, they experience the process every few months. After two to five years, the surviving animals are hung upside down where they get their throats slit, and are sold off for meat, PETA reports. 

However, a farmer told the investigator that most (60 percent) of the rabbits die prematurely, after a year or two. 

Animal-free fashion

PETA Director of Corporate Projects Yvonne Taylor commended Farfetch’s decision. 

“From high end to the high street, today’s retailers embrace fashion that leaves gentle rabbits in peace,” Taylor said in a statement. “PETA is celebrating this progressive decision by Farfetch, which will spare countless animals abuse.”

Farfetch – which has previously banned fur sales – joins an ever-growing list of brands taking a stance against the Angora trade. Gucci, Diane von Furstenberg, Calvin Klein, Roland Mouret, Tommy Hilfiger, and Stella McCartney have all committed to not selling Angora items.

Regards Mark

The town Boulder in Colorado made fur history!

Report from Direct Action EverywhereDxE

VICTORY! Voters in Boulder, Colorado passed the Humane Clothing Act prohibiting the sale and manufacture of new fur products!
This is the latest in a series of recent victories for fur-bearing animals.
The towns of Weston and Wellesley in Massachusetts and the city of Ann Arbor in Michigan banned fur sales in 2020 and 2021.

California became the first state in the nation to ban fur sales in 2019, after city bans in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Berkeley and West Hollywood led the way.
Since then, more states have introduced bills to ban fur sales, including Rhode Island, Oregon, Connecticut, Hawaii and New York.

The fur ban in Boulder was a ballot initiative, meaning the people of Boulder made it happen.
The public is rising up to defend animals!

Thanks to Fur Free Boulder for leading the initiative.

And I mean…It is another step in a long fight against fur.
What it really the people done is tell the world that the future is going fur free, and that Boulder is a kind place for animals.

There are alternatives for the look, there are alternatives for the warmth, there are so many different ways to keep ourselves warm besides using the body of an animal who didn’t want to die.

We hope it can lead to for bans in other places, we hope it can lead to more animal friendly legislation down the road.

My best regards to all, Venus