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Serbia has banned killing animals for fur!
Big success after 15 years of “Don’t FURnish them!” campaign
From January 1st, 2019, killing animals for fur has been banned in Serbia. The success has resulted after 15 years of “Don’t FURnish them!” campaign.
In accordance with the Article 7. point 37. and in relation to the Article 89. of the Animal Welfare Act („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia“, no. 41/2009), a provision banning the “breeding, reproduction, import, export and killing animals solely for the purpose of producing fur and hides”, has entered into force, starting from January 1st, 2019. This provision was introduced in 2009, but with a 10 year phase-out period in order to allow the fur producers to adjust to the ban.
“The campaign “Don’t FURnish them!”, aimed to promote the ban on breeding and killing animals for fur in Serbia was our longest campaign – it lasted for full 15 years. We would like to thank our volunteers, media and the public – thousands of people who, through all this years, believed that our country should be a country of clean environmentally sustainable agriculture, a country that supports environmentally and ethically acceptable industries, unlike fur industry”, said Elvir Burazerovic, director of ORCA.
“Don’t FURnish them!” campaign
The campaign “Don’t FURnish them!”, aimed to promote the ban on breeding and killing animals for fur, started in 2003 and was intensively promoted until 2009 when the Animal Welfare Act was adopted and which has prescribed the ban, but postponed its enforcement until 2019. In the meantime, there has been several failed attempts to remove the ban. These attempts did not receive support from the public or the legislators. Let us remind ourselves to “Don’t FURnish them!” campaign promoted by ORCA, Fashion Company “Passage” and TV Metropolis by clicking here.
The arguments for the ban
There are many reasons for banning fur industry and they are first and foremost environmental and ethical in nature. Intensive farming of animals for fur is impossible to conduct humanely and the quantity of carcasses and dangerous chemicals used in this industry is permanently damaging our environment. As many as 100 chinchillas need to be killed for only 1 square meter of quality fur coat. In addition, having in mind a small number of fur farms and even smaller number of those that are profitable, it is very hard to speak about any economical benefits for Serbia from the fur industry. One of two major fur producer firms has contributed only 607.000 Serbian dinars (which is a little over 5.000 EUR) to the state budget between 2010 and 2014.