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On December 20, 2016 the Dutch court upheld the ban on mink farming in the Netherlands.
The Netherlands has 160 fur farms and is the fourth biggest fur farming country in the world, after China, Denmark and Poland.
This has been a long legal battle with fur farmers and sadly for the animals there is a phase out period, meaning the ban will only take full effect in 2024.
Nevertheless, this is another step towards ending the global trade in fur.
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The good news of the week is that on 29 NOVEMBER 2016, fur farming in JAPAN came to an end.This was not entirely a compassionate decision but also one to protect the environment.
Since implementation of the Japanese Invasive Alien Species Act in 2006 it became illegal to build new mink fur farms in Japan.
An unlicensed fur farm in Niigata had received multiple warnings from the Ministry of Environment for violating both the Invasive Alien Species Act and the Act on Welfare and Management of Animals. In 2015, after observing serious welfare issues at this fur farm and spotting escaped mink, Animal Rights Center Japan again reported the unlicensed illegal activity of the farm.
After receiving another warning, the farmer decided that the farm was no longer economically viable and therefore closed.
Given that this was Japan’s last remaining fur farm, Japan joins a growing number of countries that are leaving fur farming behind.
Dedicated to all nonhuman animals who live and die in captivity for human greed!
More than 80,000 baby seals will be slaughtered in Namibia to make Fur Coats in China that Are SOLD OVER THE INTERNET!
If you wouldn’t wear animal fur then you definitely don’t want it in your brushes ~ makeup and shaving brushes.
Makeup brushes are often made from squirrel, mink, sable and horse or goat hair.
Mink and sable fur brushes are derived from the broader fur industry where animals are kept and killed in horrific conditions.
Squirrels are hunted or trapped and can die a slow agonising death.
Every year, millions of animals are trapped, drowned, and beaten to death in the wild. On fur farms they are gassed, strangled, electrocuted, or beaten and skinned alive.
Shaving brushes are commonly made from badger hair.
The animal hair for these brushes is often sourced from countries where there are inadequate animal protection laws.
Please always be sure that your products are cruelty free.
To guarantee this, rather avoid any type of fur product.
I’m sure most of you know the story behind Cecil the lion.
While this was indeed a tragic incident, we must not forget about all the other victims of the blood-lust and desire for domination that drives some humans to kill.
Although most of the world’s fur is supplied from fur farms, trapping of animals for their fur still occurs. Animals die an agonising death and often will chew off their own limbs to escape.
Other creatures also get caught in traps and are then just discarded.
You just need to look at these people’s faces to see their sadistic pleasure in killing other species.
We have to fight this cruelty in every possible way!
This super happy mink in the wild sums up how I am feeling today 🙂
Because this week (June 2015) the mayor Fernando Haddad of São Paolo, the biggest city in Brazil, signed a historic law that bans the import and sales of fur products in São Paolo.
This legislation, proposed by councillor Laércio Benko and approved unanimously by the City Council in May, aims to ban animal products of extreme cruelty. The law now protects animals such as rabbits, foxes, mink, badgers, seals, coyotes, squirrels and chinchillas whose fur was used for coats and other fashion accessories.
This is a huge step forward to stop the extreme suffering of animals and hopefully other cities will follow suit.
In November last year, the city of São Paolo signed a law to ban the farming of chinchillas, mink and other fur animals for their pelts.
“Animals bred for the fashion industry are highly stressed, mistreated and kept in cages that are so small they cannot even move properly,” the law stated.
“All this cruelty makes fashion that uses animal fur immoral and unjustifiable”.
Brazil was one of the biggest chinchilla fur producers in the world, after Argentina.
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Namibia, a country on the West coast of Africa and bordering on South Africa, is known for its deep red sand dunes and rugged coast line. Sadly, every year the red intensifies on these dunes, from the blood of massacred Cape Fur seals – hence “fifty shades of red” (The Seals of Nam).
Despite numerous actions being taken against the Namibian government, Cape Fur seals continue to be bludgeoned to death.
According to the Namibian government, these marine mammals are killed to protect fish stocks. This, however, has been disproved by studies that have shown that the seal population on that coastline has no significant economic impact on the fishery industry.
Campaigners against this annual “cull” argue that the seals are killed in order to sell their fat and fur.
It is the seal pups who are beaten to death with spiked clubs for their soft fur. They are only a few months old when this happens.
The male seals are killed for their genitals, which are sold in Asia as an aphrodisiac.
The Seals of Nam, a South African organisation, campaigns against the senseless killing of seals in Namibia, for commercial purposes.
This organisation was founded by animal rights campaigner Pat Dickens in 2010 and is now extremely influential globally. The Seals of Nam collaborates internationally with other organisations that fight to conserve our oceans and all life that rightfully inhabit its waters.
The Seals of Nam has initiated many actions against the brutality inflicted on the Seals in Namibia and offers “logistical support” to like-minded organisations.
In its own words:
“We will continue to fight for an end of the Namibian hunt. We believe it to be unsustainable, illegal, immoral, uneconomical and a violation of human rights as well as basic animal welfare standards”.
For further information here is the Facebook link of The Seals of Nam https://www.facebook.com/TheSealsOfNam
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A BIG THANK YOU TO Umut Sandoval Erkut, who is originally from Turkey, for sending me the video below.
It is compiled by Turkish people against fur. There are English sub titles.
Sadly many fur retailers go to Turkey to source fur items.
The Istanbul Leather and Fur Fair is held in Turkey where leather and fur dealers from all around the world sell their wares “at a very reasonable price” (http://www.istanbulderifuari.com/en/index.php).
These items are already made up and there is no way of knowing from where and how they are sourced.
Not that this really matters as ALL fur produce is derived from cruel methods.
Accolades to those compassionate people who compiled this excellent anti-fur video
Just click on this link:
This campaign is joinly run by Bont Voor Dieren & Dieren Bescherming
The following translation is taken directly from the petition and explains the campaign:
In the Netherlands, nearly 6 million mink are bred each year and slain for their fur. Minks are wild animals who live in small steel wire cages on huge farms. The number of farms is declining somewhat in the Netherlands, but the number of mink that is slain has almost doubled since 2000! The mink skins are then exported and processed into fur coat, collar or purse.
After years of intense lobbying by the Animal and Bont voor Dieren Parliament end of 2012 enacted a ban on mink farming. The prohibition is a transitional period until 2024, making it possible for mink holders to offset their loss and to switch to another industry.Unfortunately, the 160 mink holders in the Netherlands have jointly pursued a lawsuit against the Dutch state. The judge then concluded that while it is possible to ban mink breeding, but the mink holders are not compensated enough. This is the mink breeding ban since June of table: a huge blow to the mink.
Fortunately Secretary Dijksma went immediately appealed. This appeal is probably in January 2015. Fur for Animals and the Animal Protection do everything to show that the mink holders Netherlands fur farms do not want. Because 85% of the Dutch are against fur production. That is why we launched a joint campaign to recall the mink holders to stop litigating and to show resistance to fur farms.
PLEASE Sign and share the petition: Netherlands wants no fur farms!