Norway has around 300 fur farms that ring in around $63 million annually. The Scandinavian country contributes to about three percent of the 7.3 million foxes and one percent of the 72.6 million minks farmed for their fur in the world each year, with China being the major leading contributor for both fox and mink fur. The ban is not expected to have a major impact on Norway’s economy – but will have a MAJOR positive impact on animals in the country.
Animals on fur farms live in pure misery in barren cages where many are bred to become abnormally massive and they all meet the dreadful fate of a painful death, typically by electrocution. Ruud Tombrock, Executive Director of Humane Society International/EU told Newsweek, “We are thrilled to see such an unequivocal pledge from the Norwegian government to ban all fur farming, and look forward to seeing this important decision receiving the political backing it deserves … Factory farming wild animals for fur in appallingly deprived conditions is unconscionably cruel, so to see a ban on this dreadful trade in a Scandinavian country is truly historic.”
Fur has become increasingly out of fashion across the globe, and there have been major shifts toward a fur-free world recently with fashion powerhouses like Gucci, Armani, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, and BCBG joining a number of leading designers like Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, HUGO BOSS, Vivienne Westwood, and the all-vegan Stella McCartney in banning the use of fur.
We hope Norway stands as an example to other countries and influences them to end the cruel industry as well. According to the Humane Society International/EU, “Fur farming bans have been introduced in Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, the Netherlands, Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia and the United Kingdom, with bans being considered in Belgium and Luxembourg.” However, fur farming is still legal in the U.S., with around 300 mink farms in 23 states selling three million pelts every year, as reported by the U.S. Fur Commission. Hopefully, as fur continues to go out of style, the U.S. will follow suit.
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