Norway is currently home to 300 fur farms, according to PETA, these farms breed and kill 700,00 minks and 11,000 foxes every year. Animal rights activists, the Norwegian Animal Rights Organisation (NOAH) have been fighting long and hard to shut down these farms for over 30 years and now the fight has been won.
In an Instagram post, NOAH detail that the Norwegian government have agreed to phase out all fur farms in the country by 2025. “We’re very pleased,” Head of NOAH, Siri Martinsen said, adding the plan seemed sure of majority support in Norway’s parliament.
Camilla Björkbom, chairman of the Animal Society Right said, “We welcome the Swedish Government’s proposal to investigate the welfare of minkers on Sweden’s fur farms, but today we see that Norway shows that a ban on fur farming is possible. This is a great news, not least for all the animals that are now not born and killed for their fur in Norway, but also because it sets a good example for Sweden and the upcoming Swedish investigation.”
“We are thrilled to see such an unequivocal pledge from the Norwegian government to ban all fur farming, and look forward to seeing this important decision receiving the political backing it deserves,” Ruud Tombrock, Executive Director of Humane Society International/EU said in a statement to Newsweek on Monday. “Factory farming wild animals for fur in appallingly deprived conditions is unconscionably cruel, so to see a ban on this dreadful trade in a Scandinavian country is truly historic.”
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