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THE NETHERLANDS: Gone backwards?

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Emy Will

Emy Will

Greetings from Johannesburg, South Africa. Although I have a doctorate in psychotherapy, my main passion is advocating for nonhuman animal rights. I condemn all cruelty to nonhuman animals and therefore follow a vegan lifestyle. I would like to connect with other animal activists from all over the world. The fur trade is one of the most abhorrent practices on this planet. Innocent animals are subjected to prolonged suffering for a trivial fashion item. As the chairperson of Fur Free SA. we campaign towards ending the global fur industry. This might not happen in my lifetime, but even if I leave one footprint behind, that is one step closer to the goal. This blog is a forum to discuss all aspects of the fur industry. It also raises issues around animal activism in general. Johannesburg is a crazy city and I need to escape from time to time. This photo was taken next to the magnificent Zambezi river.

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bont voor dieren

Bont Voor Dieren ~ anti-fur organisation in the NetherlandsBont voor

With an annual production of around 5 million skins, 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.

Nicole van Gemert is the director of the Dutch anti-fur group Bont Voor Dieren (Fur For Animals) and has worked tirelessly against the fur trade.  

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.

The fur ban was based on the argument that fur is “an unnecessary luxury product”.  The aim was to phase out the farming over ten years.

Unfortunately the Dutch fur farmers were not offered any compensation for loss of income. This is contrary to the European Human Rights Convention. 

In May 2014 this ban against mink farming was reversed, as the court declared it unconstitutional. Read more @ http://www.kopenhagenfur.com/news/2014/may/dutch-reversal-of-fur-ban-is-a-win-for-human-rights

According to Nicole van Gemert, there will be an appeal in January 2015 against this reversal. All I can say is, please let morality override greed.

Of note, in Austria and Switzerland, when the strict conditions for fur farming were properly monitored, fur farming could not be commercially viable. 

Effectively all Austrian fur farms had to close and the farmers were compensated. This was the same in Switzerland.

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Mink crammed into wire mesh cages covered with faeces

Mink for campaign

Fur farming is inherently cruel!

 

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5 Comments

  1. The Netherlands just banned wild animals in circuses; let us hope that in the same moral venue, fur is next.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. ravenskeeper says:

    Reblogged this on Ravens-Tree.com and commented:
    Heinous industry. Once again ‘pieces of gold’ reign supreme! Sickening !

    Liked by 1 person

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