A great majority of the fur which is sold globally is from farmed animals (Min. 85%) are foxes, mink, raccoon dogs, chinchillas and rabbits. It is estimated that every year over 100 million animals are slaughtered on farms, after short and terrible lives in small mesh cages.

Bearing in mind these animals are all wild predators that are kept in small cages, results in all kind of stress related illness – most of these animals have unattended-infected injuries, missing limbs, cannibalism and stereotypical behaviour and their end? Even worse! They are killed by cruel methods such as gassing, neck-breaking, anal electrocution and in many reports they are skinned alive so that their furs are not damaged by other methods.

Recently, Norway has announced that they will be the first Nordic country to have all the fur farms closed by the end of 2025. This decision is part of a deal which was made between Norway’s Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg and the anti-fur liberal party, Norway will be the 14th European country that no longer permits to fur farming.

According to PETA, at the moment Norway has just over 300 fur farms that breed 700.000 minks and 11.500 foxes which are killed every year. For the past 30 years, animal rights activists, The Norwegian Animal Rights Organisation (NOAH), have been fighting an extremely long battle to have all of these fur farms to be shut down altogether.

The Animal Welfare Organizations were extremely happy of this announcement and NOAH’s Animal Rights Group leader Mr Siri Martinsen said that he was very pleased and hoped that all countries worldwide would do the same and ban fur farming once and for all. He went on to say that the plan was a done deal as a result of having the majority of supporters in Norway’s parliament.

Animal Society Right chairman Camilla Björkbom also had the following to say about this news:

 “We welcome the Swedish Government’s proposal to investigate the welfare of animals on Sweden’s fur farms, but today we see that Norway shows that a ban on fur farming is possible.”

She also added:

“This is great news, not least for all the animals that are now not born and killed for their fur in Norway, but also because it sets a good example for Sweden and the upcoming Swedish investigation.”

Executive Director of Humane Society International Mr. Ruud Tombrock gave a written statement to Newsweek in mid-January:

 “We are thrilled to see such an unequivocal pledge from the Norwegian government to ban all fur farming, and look forward to seeing this important decision receiving the political backing it deserves,”

He went on to say:

“Factory farming wild animals for fur in appallingly deprived conditions is unconscionably cruel, so to see a ban on this dreadful trade in a Scandinavian country is truly historic.”

In 2018 Gucci just like many other known brands said they would also stop using real animal fur in their products, adding them to a growing number of fashion brands looking at other options as a result of changing customer tastes and the most important of all pressure from animal rights activists.

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