The Budget Committee of the Italian Senate has voted to permanently shut down the ten remaining mink farms in Italy and ban fur farming altogether.
The decision was made for ethical and welfare reasons, as the farms will be converted into humane and sustainable businesses.
A recent report said, “Although the decision requires final approval by the Parliament, this is expected to go through, making Italy the 16th country in Europe to ban fur farming. Many Italian designers have already gone fur-free, including Valentino, Armani, GUCCI, Prada, and Versace.”
This decision was greatly encouraged by the Humane Society International, which first submitted the proposal that gained support from the Italian Member of Parliament, the Hon. Michela Vittoria Brambilla.
Martina Pluda, director of Humane Society International in Italy, said, ”This is a historic victory for animal protection in Italy, and HSI/Europe is immensely proud that our fur farm conversion strategy has played a central role in dismantling this cruel and dangerous industry in our country. There are very clear economic, environmental, public health, and of course animal welfare reasons to close and ban fur farms. Today’s vote recognizes that allowing the mass breeding of wild animals for frivolous fur fashion represents a risk to both animals and people that can’t be justified by the limited economic benefits it offers to a small minority of people involved in this cruel industry. With so many designers, retailers, and consumers going fur-free, conversion of fur farms offers people a sustainable future that the fur trade simply cannot provide.”
This is amazing news and is revolutionary as Italy will now be fighting against the cruel fur trade. Hopefully, other countries will follow suit.
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