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article imageGermany votes to end cruel fur farming

By Kesavan Unnikrishnan     May 25, 2017 in Environment
German lawmakers voted to end cruel fur farming. The new legislation will force the closure of remaining fur farms in the country where captive animals are beaten, electrocuted, and skinned alive for their fur.
Most fur sold globally is from farmed animals such as mink, foxes, raccoon dogs, rabbits and chinchillas. Animals are kept in small cages and forced to live in cruel living conditions until the moment they are either killed by way of electrocution or skinned alive.
Animal right activists in Germany have been demanding for a fur-farm ban for quite some time. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) wrote in their blog:
Germany’s last fur farms will close down after a five-year transition. The new bill demands stricter regulations governing fur farming and will effectively make the raising of minks nonviable for farmers. Fur-farming bans and stricter regulations that inevitably cause facilities to close are becoming increasingly widespread.
Fur bans have been introduced in numerous countries in recent years prohibiting the farming of some or all species for fur. Fur farming bans were introduced in the UK and Northern Ireland in 2000. Other countries that banned fur farming include Croatia, Austria, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, the Republic of Macedonia, and Japan.
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Still, most of the world's farmed fur is produced by European farmers. There are more than 6,000 fur farms in the EU. The EU accounts for 63 percent of global mink production and 70 percent of fox production. Denmark is the leading mink-producing country, accounting for approximately 28 percent of world production. Other major producers include China, the Netherlands, Finland, the Baltic states, Canada and the U.S.
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