Mink at a fur farm

will europe become fur-free? 

FOUR PAWS advocates a fur-free Europe


The first countries to prohibit fur farming in Europe were the UK in 2000 and Austria in 2004, not least thanks to the work of FOUR PAWS.

But on a global level, most fur animals are either insufficiently protected or are not protected at all. The Council of Europe adopted a recommendation on fur farming in 1999. However, it is totally inadequate from the perspective of animal welfare because it continues to permit the confinement of the animals in tiny cages. Wire-mesh floors and a lack of areas for climbing, digging and bathing are tolerated. Many EU states have no additional regulations on fur farming. Fortunately, more and more countries are showing a good example by protecting fur animals through stricter national legislation or by completely banning fur farms.

the fur industry Pioneers

Becoming the first country in the world to forbid the sales of fur, Israel, in July 2021, announced the ban will be in effect by the end of the year!

  • Austria, the UK, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Macedonia have legally prohibited fur farming.
  • In September 2020, France announced a mink farming ban with a five-year transition period.
  • The Swiss animal protection law stipulates that wild animals such as mink and foxes much be held according to zoo standards. Because the requirements are so high, Switzerland has long been free of fur farms.
  • In the Netherlands, which was the second largest mink producer in Europe, keeping chinchillas and foxes is already banned. The last mink farms will close in 2021 due to the massive COVID-19 outbreaks in Dutch mink farms. The keeping of chinchillas and foxes is already banned.
  • A ban on fur farming came into force in the Czech Republic in 2019, and in Norway in 2025.
  • Major animal welfare achievements: in the EU, the import of seal skins and dog and cat furs, as well as their trade, is prohibited since 2009.
  • In Belgium fur farming will end in 2023, and Luxembourg it is banned since 2018. in October 2019, Slovakia joined the list of countries that are no longer permitting extreme animal cruelty, by introducing legislation that will end fur production by 2025.
  • In June 2021, Estonia agreed on a fur farming ban from 2026.

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