Nicole van Gemert is the director of the Dutch anti-fur group Bont Voor Dieren (Fur For Animals). Nicole was a great supporter of my campaign against Investec Ltd. Through her efforts hundreds of people from the Netherlands signed my petition.
Thank you Nicole. The fur trade is a global problem and we have to stand together to end it 🙂
The Netherlands has been the third-largest producer of mink fur after Denmark and China. Fox and chinchilla farming was banned some time ago in the Netherlands, as well as a ban on dog, cat and seal fur being in effect.
On December 18th 2012, the Dutch senate passed a historic ban on mink farming. This ban came about largely due to investigations done by Bont Voor Dieren that revealed appalling conditions on fur farms. In addition, an inquiry by the Ministry of Agriculture conducted in early 2012, showed that 93%of the Dutch were against killing animals solely for their fur.
Sadly, the ban will only go into effect on January 1st 2024, as mink fur farming is to be phased out. As the ban is for ethical reasons, farmers will be financially compensated.
Joanna Swabe, Humane Society International’s (HSI) EU director stated. “It is truly inspiring that the majority of the Dutch Senate has not allowed economics to prevail over ethics, recognising that it is unacceptable and cruel to keep animals in small, wire cages to be killed for their fur“.
Through this fur farm ban the Netherlands is sending a message to the industry and to the public that fur is not fashionable and the suffering caused to animals for a non-essential product is not acceptable.