Italy is ready to put a permanent ban on fur farming across the country, following a historic vote. The last ten mink fur farms are set to close in the next six months.
The Italian Senate’s Budget Committee decided yesterday to accept a modified version of a budget law reform.
Fur-bearing animals, such as mink, foxes, chinchillas, and raccoon dogs, are now prohibited from being bred.
Furthermore, all current fur farms in Italy must close by June 30, 2022.
In addition, the Ministry of Agriculture will pay funds to farmers who are harmed by the prohibition, with €3 million set aside for this reason.
The prohibition is expected to be approved by Parliament by the end of the year, according to animal rights organization Humane Society International/Europe (HSI).
As a result, Italy will become the 16th European country to abolish fur cultivation.
Plenty of Italian fashion designers have already pledged to eliminate fur from their collections, runways, and magazine covers. Fur has been phased out of Armani, Gucci, Prada, Valentino, and Versace’s collections.
Meanwhile, the Italian edition of ELLE magazine has vowed to never deal with or market the animal product again; the policy extends to all of ELLE’s editions worldwide.
Animal rights activists have reacted positively to the news.
Michela Vittoria Brambilla is the head of the Italian League for the Defense of Animals and the Environment, as well as the Parliamentary Intergroup for Animal Rights.
“In thirty years of animal rights battle this is the best victory. Finally, a parliamentary vote sanctions the end of unspeakable suffering inflicted on animals only in the name of profit and vanity … better late than never. Now we await the final approval of the budget law, but the political will has been clearly expressed. A dream comes true that animal protection associations have cultivated for decades in our country … It is a great achievement, which finally all those who love and respect animals rejoice!” they stated.
Martina Pluda, HSI’s director in Italy, agrees with Brambilla’s assessment.
“This is a historic victory for animal protection in Italy, and HSI/Europe is immensely proud that our fur farm conversion strategy has played a central role in dismantling this cruel and dangerous industry in our country,” Pluda stated.
Fur production has been connected to many outbreaks of COVID-19, in addition to being riddled with animal cruelty concerns. Such outbreaks have been documented on 465 mink farms in 12 countries, including Italy, as of this month (December 2021).
“There are very clear economic, environmental, public health and of course animal welfare reasons to close and ban fur farms…[This] vote recognizes that allowing the mass breeding of wild animals for frivolous fur fashion represents a risk to both animals and people that can’t be justified by the limited economic benefits it offers to a small minority of people involved in this cruel industry… With so many designers, retailers and consumers going fur-free, conversion of fur farms offers people a sustainable future that the fur trade simply cannot provide,” Pluda continued.
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