Category: Fur and Fur Farming

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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China: this is how the leather mafia works

 

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Do you know what is made of the by-product dog? Breeds like Great Dane, St. Bernard and Rottweiler are very popular in the production of fur and leather in China! These breeds are considered the most economical for the dog meat trade and their coat and skin are a byproduct of the dog meat trade! Millions of animals die cruelly for fashion and are even skinned alive!

 

 

It is known that there are no penalties for the mistreatment of animals in China. This video released by PETA shows what some people are capable of in this case. The dogs are brutally slain, slashed, gutted and skinned.

Even leather can come from dogs and cats, even though they are declared as leather by cow or lamb.
Leather is another byproduct of the dog meat industry.
The dogs are packed with hooks. Before the throat is slit, it will remove the skin. The skin is then hung to dry before tanning. On average, such a company creates 200 dogs every day. The leather is used to make gloves, belts and even bags.

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China is the number one import country when it comes to fur or leather. The reason is obvious: because of the lack of animal welfare laws, it is legal to keep and slaughter animals under unworthy conditions, which in turn saves costs and thus moves traders to buy. On the other hand, the offer is always tied to demand.

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After a dog is killed and skinned, the coat is sold at wholesale prices to apparel factories.
A factory owner was quoted as saying, “If the garments are not sold within six months, send me an email and I can then make new labels that are mink.”

Did you know that there is currently no European labeling framework for leather goods other except footwear?
To date, leather is poorly protected in most parts of Europe. And if it comes from China, it is quite possible that you are wearing dog or cat skin. Mostly (and at best) the goods are labeled ‘Gaewolf’, Gae is Korean and means dog.

Believe it or not, UGG boots labeled “Made in China” and “Made in Vietnam” are real. For years, authentic UGG products have been made by Deckers Outdoor Corporation, which has factories in China, Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, the Dominican Republic, and the United States. If the label says the shoes are made in New Zealand or Australia, it should be a fake.

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There are protests against these cruel machinations worldwide. And as long as fur, whether genuine or artificial fur is asked and worn, nothing will change.

https://netzfrauen.org/2018/10/31/china-8/

My comment:  I have never seen so many people wearing fur collars in my city as in this winter. But in Germany there are no more fur farms, so I wondered, where did it come from?
Now I know ….

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There are many who think we just need to educate, inform, show the awful videos of the Dachau farms for fur, and we can convince the masses not to buy fur. We did that for years, we did it. Petitions, demos, undercover videos, reports on television and even conservative newspapers have been reporting on the cruel farms. Business is booming unchanged.

According to a study by the University of Ravensburg (Germany)  in 2017, a third of respondents said it was informed about the suffering of fur animals, but still wears fur because it is warm, natural and shick!!

The mass of 7 billion people we will not convince, and I don`t  think the demand for fur comes because of not knowing, because of missing information.

We should try to put more pressure on politicians and we have to create more cooperation with instances that come from “above” and determine the purchase decision, for example the fashion industry, campaigns with celebrities …etc..
As well as from “above” – and over one night– came the smoking ban in public rooms, restaurants, and workplaces. The tobacco industry immediately suffered then and still heavy losses, and it was perhaps stronger than the fur industry. After this ban, smoking generally fell sharply.

As long as the sale of fur is not prohibited by law or as long as the EU does not introduce a 200% luxury tax on fur import, the fur will continue to be sold …. Consumers never change … the laws have to change …

Best regards, Venus

 

 

 

Germany: The last horror fur farm is closed

 

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Unfortunately, fur is still a widely used product – especially in winter you can see many people, consciously or unconsciously wearing fur products. These are associated with an incredible amount of animal suffering and just unnecessary! A large proportion of fur farms are located in the Far East, Finland and Poland – and thus in parts of countries where animal welfare laws are even less adequate than in Germany. What many do not know is that animals in Germany still suffer on a fur farm.

And in the last of its kind in the Westphalian Rahden.

 

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For years, we have dealt with this system, organized demonstrations and filed charges against the operator for various violations. And now we have unique and scary new pictures from the factory. Because for the first time videos were made with a drone over and within the farm, which make the cruel life of the approximately 4000 minks that are held there first hand.

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The images show how the animals must live in confined spaces in cages and grid floors – and understandably suffer from behavioral disorders! The quality of the recordings can feel the suffering of the animals formally.

 

Why is this possible in Germany at all?

Theoretically, the keeping of animals for fur production is still completely legal today.

However, a new law was passed in 2017, which has tightened the minimum housing conditions and so the operation of fur farms in Germany has become unprofitable.
Also, if there are economic and less animal welfare reasons, the result was after all a small success.

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Because of this change, all other businesses in Germany closedexcept for those in Rahden. Because this was awarded a five-year transitional period, in which he could continue working as before. The year 2022 should be over in Rahden at the latest – at the sight of the video material, we hope, however, that it will be so soon! Because no animal is allowed to suffer for fur!

http://www.tierschutzbuero.de/pelzfarm_rahden/

Updated!

Today, good news reached us regarding the last mink farm in Germany in North Rhine-Westphalia Rahden! According to the latest information, the facility now seems to have finally closed the operation and thus put an end to the miserable fur production, at least in Germany!

According to the responsible veterinary office, there are no more animals in the area and no mink has to suffer more there under agonizing conditions. But even if this is a great success for the animals, millions of them around the world still have to suffer for fur production – and of course we will continue to fight against that!

https://www.tierschutzbuero.de/erfolg-keine-tiere-mehr-auf-der-letzten-pelzfarm-in-deutschland/

My comment: Between the years 2005 and 2015, the sales of the European fur industry have almost doubled: According to the European Fur Association Fur Europe 2015, they sold just under US $ 7 billion through fur sales. In 2005 there were still 3.6 billion.

A survey by the University of Ravensburg (Germany) revealed in 2017: About one third buys real fur, although the vast majority of reports on the attitude of animals in fur farms knows.

 

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“I’m wearing fur. People have worn furs for thousands of years, and I do not see that they do not use this natural resource. I have a real silver fox hat. The animals are bred in Russia. She keeps nice and warm and looks super chic”,  one has written on “die Zeit” electronic newspaper

An example of unbridled cynicism towards living and feeling animal beings!
Just like hunting and mass animal husbandry, fur farming also belongs in the dustbin of civilization history.
Consider !! we live in the 21st century and there are still people with survival convictions dating from before the neolithic revolution!!.
Never heard of the dangers of anthropocentrism?
Oh, Germany, your basic education…
This debate really needs more spirit, ethics and self-responsibility.

My best regards, Venus

 

 

 

 

 

France: Urge American Vintage to Stop Selling Angora.

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Urge American Vintage to Stop Selling Angora

French clothing brand American Vintage sells jumpers made of angora, despite knowing that rabbits are commonly “live-plucked” for their soft fur – a process they endure repeatedly for two to three years before ultimately being killed.

PETA’s ground breaking exposé of the Chinese angora industry has caused demand for angora to plummet over the last few years, and hundreds of companies – such as Calvin Klein, H&M, ASOS, and Lacoste – have made the compassionate choice to ban the cruelly obtained material.

 

However, millions of terrified rabbits are still confined to barren cages, their fur is violently ripped out every three months, and once they’re no longer profitable, they’re killed – all to supply angora to holdout companies such as American Vintage.

Take Action

Please send a message urging American Vintage to go angora-free.

https://secure.peta.org.uk/page/40441/action/1?utm_source=PETA%20UK::E-Mail&utm_medium=Alert&utm_campaign=0319::skn::PETA%20UK::E-Mail::americanvintage::::aa%20em&ea.url.id=2417047

 

 

Canada: Canadian hunters want to club tens of thousands MORE baby seals to death in cull expansion.

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Canadian hunters want to club tens of thousands MORE baby seals to death in cull expansion.

Following on from our recent post – 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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We now have further news on the seal cull in Canada – this is from the ‘Independent’ newspaper which is based in London:

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/canada-seal-hunt-clubbed-death-cull-fur-trudeau-a8842276.html

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Summary:

Hunters in Canada want to be allowed to club to death tens of thousands more baby seals each year in an expansion of their annual cull.

Hunting groups are lobbying the country’s government to approve a wider slaughter of seals and sea lions for their fur – including in a nature reserve.

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The proposals have prompted anger from animal lovers and fresh lobbying of prime minister Justin Trudeau – who already reportedly receives more correspondence on the subject than any other, even climate change.

But scientists dispute that culls help salmon and cod stocks, warning any fall in whales’ prey could lead to the giant mammals starving.

“Seals are being used as a scapegoat, just like whales were once blamed for fishery declines,” Hal Whitehead, a marine biologist from Halifax, Nova Scotia, told The Guardian

Demand for the fur plummeted after the EU in 2009 banned imports following uproar over clubbing, and hunters are now trying to compensate for lost income.

About 6,000 fishermen, mostly from Newfoundland, join the annual hunt.

Experts say a small market for seal oil exists, and seal parts are sold in Asia as an aphrodisiac.

 

Click on the Independent link https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/canada-seal-hunt-clubbed-death-cull-fur-trudeau-a8842276.html to read the full story and see video footage.

BOYCOTT CANADA

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Canada: Politicians Just Don’t Understand Why The World Hates Them So Much. Lets Go Clubbing – Seals or No Seals !

 

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This is the time of year once again when Canadians will start smashing in the heads of young seal pups.

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Does Canada not realise that it is hated the world over for allowing this hunt to take place each year ?

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Why does the World hate me ? – says the animal abuser

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Below are a few facts and links which we hope will give you more information on what is going on. Like all hunters, the Canadian government is supporting those which murder seals – ‘they take our fish’ – OUR fish ?? – or do they mean beings of the sea which are taken as a food source by other animals of the sea ?

 

It is illegal in Canada to hunt newborn harp seals (whitecoats) and young hooded seals (bluebacks). When the seal pups begin to molt their downy white fur at the age of 12–14 days, they are called “ragged-jacket” and can be commercially hunted.

Hunters in Canada target harp seal pups because of their soft fur. But law prohibits hunters from killing pups that have yet to grow out of their white coat, like this baby’s. Harp seals aren’t endangered, but melting ice because of climate change is killing pups.

In recent years, hundreds of thousands of seals have been killed annually in the commercial seal hunt. More than one million seals have been slaughtered in the past five years alone. These kill levels are among the highest witnessed in Canada in half a century.

Regards Mark.

 

Further reading and learning:

https://www.canadasshame.com/features/baby-seals/

https://www.canadasshame.com/about/

https://www.canadasshame.com/features/8-things-you-need-to-know-about-canadas-seal-slaughter/

https://eluxemagazine.com/magazine/canadas-seal-hunt/

https://www.thedodo.com/in-the-wild/canadian-seal-hunt-2018

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/commercial-seal-hunt-dfo-1.5007895

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seal_hunting

 

Regardless of brain dead Canadian politicians; there are always brilliant real men

– Paul Watson and the late Bob Hunter.

 

Paul Watson and the late Bob Hunter block the movement of the ‘Arctic Endeavour’ – thus attempting to save the murder of whitecoat seal pups.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Hunter_(journalist)

In March of 1976, he and Paul Watson (now Sea Shepherd) stood on the heaving ice floes off the coast of Labrador as a large sealing ship bore down on them.

As the vessel bore down on them and the ice cracked and split beneath their feet, I (Paul) said to Bob,

“when it splits, I’ll jump to the left and you to the right.”

Bob looked straight ahead and calmly said, “I’m not going anywhere.”

And he meant it.

https://serbiananimalsvoice.com/2018/05/11/remembering-bob-hunter-im-not-going-anywhere/

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Below – the late Bob Hunter – saving seals !

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