Italy Vote to Ban Fur Farming

Posted on Monday, December 20, 2021No comments

The UK put a complete ban on fur farming in 2002, and Italy has finally decided to follow suit. 

The Budget Committee of the Italian Senate has finally voted to put a ban on fur farming and shut the 10 remaining mink farms in the country within the next six months. The move was named ‘a historic victory’ by the Humane Society International. 

The vote includes an immediate ban on breeding animals for the purpose of fur farming, including racoon dogs, mink, foxes, and chinchillas, and also the closure of all active fur farms in the country by June 30th, 2022. There will be compensation for farmers which is covered by a fund of 3 million euros from the Ministry of Agriculture.

The decision is still yet to be approved by the Italian Parliament, but it is likely to go through by the end of the year. This will then make Italy the 16th European country to ban fur farming. Even though there was no nationwide ban, many major Italian designer brands had already gone fur-free, including Gucci, Prada, Versace, and Valentino. The decision was influenced by a report from the animal protection organisation Humane Society International, which displayed practical and strategic solutions to close all fur farms and convert them into humane and sustainable businesses. 

The director of Humane Society International in Italy, Martina Pluda, released a statement saying, “This is a victory for animal protection in Italy”. She went on to say, “Today’s vote recognises that allowing the mass breeding of animals for fur fashion represents a risk that can’t be justified by the limited economic benefits it offers”.

Many others, including figures of authority in Italy, seem happy and relieved with the result of the vote. The President of the Parliamentary Intergroup for Animal Rights, Michela Vittoria Brambilla, commented on the situation, naming it the ‘best victory’.

They still await the final approval, but the political opinion has been clearly expressed. This will make Italy the 16th European country to ban fur farming, but there’s still more to be done across Europe. You can find out more about the ban on fur farming here, and if you would like to read more of our blogs, please click here.

 
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