Fox in a cage at a fur farm

It's Time to Close Fur Farms for Good!

The EU must listen to our voices


Millions of innocent animals live locked up in tiny cages only to be brutally killed for their fur. On May 18th, 2022, the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) #FurFreeEurope petition started out to collect at least 1 million signatures from EU Citizens.

In less than ten months over 1.7 million citizens signed for a #FurFreeEurope and the ECI reached national thresholds in 21 member states. Formal requirements of an ECI are to collect one million signatures and reach signature thresholds in at least 7 member states.

What’s next?

Today, the signatures are undergoing a strict validation process by the member states before being handed over to the European Commission. After the validation process, which can take up to 3 months, the European Commission needs to take the ECI into consideration and deliver a response within 6 months. Over the next months, FOUR PAWS and other animal welfare groups will focus on speaking to relevant EU institutions and we will do everything we can to ensure that a fur farming and sales ban will be included into EU animal welfare legislation.

Why over 1.7 million citizens signed to ban fur for good

The reality of fur farms in Europe

  • UNACCEPTABLE: The living conditions of innocent wild animals, such as raccoon dogs, foxes and mink, farmed for fur are horrific. They stand no chance, kept in tiny cages and brutally killed for their fur. Let’s call on the EU not only to ban fur farming, but also ban sales of farmed fur in Europe.
  • UNSAFE: Fur farms pose a risk to animal and human health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, hundreds of mink farms experienced coronavirus outbreaks, and new variants of the virus were transmitted to humans from animals. This can happen again if we don’t stop it!
  • UNSUSTAINABLE: Fur farming has a big environmental impact and poses a severe threat to our planet. Producing fur involves using toxic chemicals. In terms of land pollution by toxic metals, fur dressing and dyeing is ranked in the top five highest pollution-intensity industries.

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