This week, after an appeal in January 2015, the appeal court has upheld the mink fur farming ban in the Netherlands. The Netherlands has been the third-largest producer of mink fur after Denmark and China, so millions of minks will be spared from a life of torture.
It has been a turbulent journey, which I have tracked since 2012
December 2012, the Dutch senate passed a ban on mink farming, largely due to investigations done by Bont Voor Dieren that revealed appalling conditions on fur farms. The aim was to phase out mink farming over ten years.
In the words of Nicole van Gemert,
‘Ever since our foundation, Bont voor Dieren has put up a battle against the Dutch mink breeders. We have had to endure some major setbacks, the overturn of the mink ban last year being the absolute low point. But perseverance kills the game: not only is the mink ban back in force, all expansions of mink farms carried out since the ban was announced are now illegal.’
DEDICATED TO ALL NONHUMAN ANIMALS WHO LIVE AND DIE IN CAPTIVITY!