Fur production will be phased out by 2015
After decades of campaigning by the Norwegian animal rights group NOAH, the government of Norway has announced its plan to completely ban fur farms by 2015. After elections in September 2017, Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s Conservative Party announced a coalition with the Liberal Party – a group focused on social and environmental issues.
As part of the coalition agreement, the government has pledged to shut down farms producing fox and mink pelts. There are around 300 in the country, together producing around 700,000 mink and 100,000 fox pelts each year. While those who work in the fur industry argue that the farms provide jobs, contribute to the country’s economy and work to strict welfare rules, many Norwegians support the ban.
Just before World War II broke out, Norway was the world’s leading producer of fur with close to 20,000 farms breeding minks and foxes. Since then, production has declined – Norway currently produces three per cent of fox furs, while China contributes almost 70 per cent.
The ban must now pass a vote in the Norwegian Parliament, where it’s expected to receive strong support. If the ban goes ahead, Norway will join the UK, Croatia, Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic in completely banning fur production.