Historical ban on mink fur farming backed in the Netherlands
Posted on 20/12/2012
Eurogroup for Animals applauds the Dutch Senate for passing new law that bans the farming of mink for fur in the Netherlands with a total phase-out by 2024. This victory sends a clear signal to other European Countries that they must stop this cruel and unnecessary practice.
The Netherlands is currently the third largest mink producer in the world. With fur farming of fox and chinchilla already banned in the Netherlands, this new legislation will ensure that all fur farming will be prohibited from 2024.
While this victory is a step forward for the welfare of minks in the Netherlands, most EU Member States still allow the practice. Denmark is the world’s largest producer of skins with an annual production of around 18 million mink skins. Other big producers in the EU are, Finland, the Baltic States and Sweden. Fur farming has also been banned across the United Kingdom on ethical grounds since 2003, and Austria and Croatia have introduced similar prohibitions.