Germany is now 100% fur farm free as its last fur farmer chose to close down his business ahead of the 2022 deadline set by the government.
According to animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), the farmer’s fur farm in Rahden now stands empty due to pressure from animal rights activists, the government, and the public.
The fur farmer complained about the government’s frequent — and most of the time, unannounced — inspection and the consistent pressure from animal rights activists and the public.
In 2017, Germany voted for a bill that would shut down its remaining fur farms in order to become fully fur farm free by 2022.
The new bill requires stricter regulations regarding fur farming and bans raising of minks for their fur.
“Fur farming bans and stricter regulations that inevitably cause facilities to close are becoming increasingly widespread,” said PETA.
“Eighty-five percent of the fur industry’s skins come from animals held captive on fur factory farms. These farms often hold thousands of animals, and the kinds of abuse that the facilities engage in are remarkably similar around the globe.”
“Whether the fur comes from China (where there are no penalties for abusing animals on fur farms), Sweden (where minks have been found living with open head wounds and severe infections), or the U.S. (where foxes are gassed and electrocuted to death), all fur means cruelty to animals.”
Recently, Vegan group We Animals launched a new vegan documentary exposing the devastating ethical and environmental impacts of fur farming.
“The Farm in My Backyard,” already available on the We Animals website, exposes the suffering of animals being exploited and killed for their fur as well as the destruction in the surrounding environment and ecosystems.
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