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Almost 1,000,000 animal lives will be saved by Norway’s ban on fur farming, according to animal rights charity PETA, which called the news ‘a massive victory’.
The total ban, which was announced yesterday, will see nearly 300 fur farms in the country shut down by 2025.
Mink and fox
These farms kill around 700,000 mink and 110,000 thousand foxes a year the animal charity claims.
But under the new rules, which will come into full effect in 2025, these farms will no longer be able to operate.
It is reported that the new legislation is a result of anti-fur campaigns across the country.
Fur farming is extremely cruel
Camilla Björkbom, Chair of the Animal Society Right, believes the decision sends a powerful message to other countries.
Her group published a statement saying: “We welcome the Swedish Government’s proposal to investigate the welfare of minkers on Sweden’s fur farms – but today Norway has shown that a ban on fur farming is possible.
“This is a great news, firstly for all the animals that are now not born and killed for their fur in Norway, and secondly because it sets a good example for Sweden and the upcoming Swedish investigation.”
According to experts, closing down the business will not have a serious financial impact.
Sveinung Fjose, of Menon Business Economics – and a fur industry expert – said: “It’s not a very lucrative business in Norway – it wouldn’t harm the Norwegian economy severely to close it down.”
Not everyone is happy with the new legislation.
Guri Wormdahl, representing the Norwegian Fur Breeders Association, said: “We’re shocked, shaken to the core.”