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According to the latest research, as many as 88% of Serbian citizens support the state’s decision to ban the breeding and killing of animals for the production of fur, starting from January 1st, 2019. In the last decade, this support has increased by nearly 20 percentage points!
Citizens’ support for this state’s decision which ORCA has been calling for, for a decade and a half, is still growing. That was confirmed by the results of the research conducted by Ipsos Strategic Marketing at the request of ORCA in January 2019. According to this research, as many as 88% of Serbian citizens support the ban on breeding and killing animals for the production of fur. It is by nearly 20 percentage points more than in 2010. when the public opinion on this topic was researched for the first time. The research showed that there were almost no differences in the attitudes of citizens in relation to sex, education, place of residence (rural or urban environment). Data taken from the territory of Vojvodina, Belgrade and Serbia also shows very similar results.
Although the law banned breeding and killing animals exclusively for the production of fur, from the January, 1st this year, representatives of the fur industry continue to try to abolish this decision by lobbying the politicians. Abolishing this decision would enable the survival of an industry that has been banned for economic and ecological reasons in many European countries.
“The obvious change in public attitudes in relation to this issue and the understanding of the reasons behind the legal ban of the fur production are results of the long-term effort of ORCA, the citizens, media and number of other organisations who influenced the introduction of this ban”, said Elvir Burazerovic, director of ORCA.
Let us remind ourselves that the ban on breeding and killing animals exclusively for the production of fur was introduced by Animal Welfare Act in 2009, but with a 10-year phase-out period in order to allow the fur producers to adjust to the ban. After the expiration of this deadline, the state’s decision and the large citizen support of the ban there is no point of further delaying implementation of the law.
Let us remind ourselves of 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 the 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.
According to these facts, as well as the increasing public concern about the welfare of these animals, as well as the negative ecological impact of the fur industry, there is a clear tendency to abolish this “dirty” industry across the European continent.
Breeding animals for the production of fur is banned in the following countries: Great Britain (2000), Austria (2004), Slovenia (2013), FYR Macedonia (2014), Croatia (2018), Luxembourg (2018), Czech republic (2019). In addition, the following countries have adopted bans that will come into force in the next few years: Belgium (2023), the Netherlands (2024), Norway (2025) and Bosnia and Herzegovina (2029).
At the same time, some European countries have adopted stricter regulations for the industry which have resulted in phasing out breeding of animals for fur (Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark, Spain). In 2017, Germany had adopted very strict rules on fur farming and it is expected that in 2022 the industry will be completely shut down because it will not be profitable.
Let us remind ourselves of the “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 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 of the “Don’t FURnish them!” campaign here.