Serbian citizens, animal lovers, responsible owners. We are witnessing animal cruelty, torture,…
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Don’t FURnish them!
SUPPORT ORCA’S EFFORTS TO STOP THE ANIMAL WELFARE ACT AMENDMENT THAT WOULD ONCE AGAIN ALLOW KILLING ANIMALS FOR THEIR FUR!
As many as 100 chinchillas need to be killed for 1 square meter of fur coat.
Worldwide each year more than 100 million animals are killed on fur farms with the sole purpose of providing fur. Mink, foxes, chinchillas, rabbits and other wild animals are kept on farms in rows of small wire mesh cages where they spend their entire lives until the moment they are killed so we can follow the latest fashion trends.
In Serbia, mostly chinchillas are kept on fur farms. Animal Welfare Act („Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia“, no. 41/2009) provides permanent ban on breeding and killing animals solely for the purpose of producing fur, starting from January 1st, 2019. This provision is in line with the increasing trend of the permanent banning of this „dirty“ industry, which is preset in many European countries.
In June this year, Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management Committee of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia has reviewed the amendments of the Animal Welfare Act aimed to exclude the ban on the breeding and killing animals solely for the purpose of producing fur! The Committee’s session was held upon the request made by a small number of the fur producers who did not transition to a more sustainable industry as per the legislator’s request and are now aiming to protect their own private interests.
Prompted by this situation ORCA has addressed each member of the Committee and their deputies in order to inform them of the facts concerning trends and consequences related to keeping and killing animals for fur.
There are many reasons for banning fur industry and they are first and foremost economical, environmental and ethical in nature.
Speaking about economical reasons, it suffices to say that according to the data provided by Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management, in the last 10 years, the number of chinchilla fur producers has decreased from 32 to 17 and the last farm was registered in 2012. This data clearly indicate that more than a half of producers have transitioned to another industry, respecting the legislator’s request. In addition, 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. Having in mind the small number of fur farms left 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.
Intensive farming of animals for fur is impossible to conduct humanely, which is why the main reasons why more and more citizens support the legislation to prohibit fur farming are of ethical nature. Keeping wild animals in small wire mesh cages results in numerous health issues such as infected wounds, missing limbs, cannibalism and development of pathological behavior such as stereotypes and self-injury. In order to preserve the pelts, animals are killed by cruel methods such as neck-breaking, gassing or electrocution. As many as 100 chinchillas need to be killed for 1 square meter of fur coat.
The quantity of carcasses and dangerous chemicals used in this industry is permanently damaging our environment which is why negative environmental impacts are another reason why there is an increasing trend in banning this “dirty” industry around Europe. Austria, United Kingdom, Switzerland, FYR Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia and since January 1st, Norway as well, have already banned the fur industry. Other countries, like Serbia, have provided phase-out periods until permanent bans take place (e.g. Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Czech Republic, Bosnia and Herzegovina) or have adopted stricter regulations which have resulted in phasing out breeding of animals for fur (e.g. Sweden, Denmark).
We invite media and the public to support our efforts aimed to help our country achieve clean environmentally sustainable agricultural production and support environmentally and ethically acceptable industries. Help us in our efforts to stop the Animal Welfare Act amendment that would once again allow killing animals for their fur!
Don’t FURnish them! – a campaign for prohibiting breeding and killing animals solely for the purpose of producing fur. Take a look at our video clips filmed in 2003. as part of our campaign that led to introduction of the Animal Welfare Act provision that prohibits killing animals for fur.