LEAVE FUR BEHIND – YOU CAN NOW ASK FOR A FUR FREE EUROPE

OIPA International is honoured to be part of the campaign group that actively supports the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) “Fur Free Europe” aimed to call on the EU to definitively:

🚫🦊 Ban fur farms

🚫🧥 Ban farmed fur products from the European market

At European level, a marked divergence between national legislation with respect to the fur production sector has led to a distortion in the Union’s internal market, considering the existence of production bans only in some Member States. The only solution is now to impose an outright ban!

EU citizens can now sign the European Citizens’ Initiative* (Fur Free Europe- additional info), inviting the Commission to prohibit by law at European level the keeping and killing of animals for the sole or main purpose of fur production and the sales of farmed animal fur and related products on the EU market.

SIGN NOW FOR A FUR FREE EUROPE

WHY BAN FUR FARMING AND FARMED FUR PRODUCTS?

UNETHICAL

The keeping and killing of wild animals for the purpose of fur production is ethically unacceptable in a civil society. It is an outdated abject cruelty nowadays widely rejected by EU citizens. Fur farming contravenes even the most basic concept of animal welfare. Complex behavioural needs of animals farmed for fur cannot be met in these farms. Here animals live confined in tiny barren cages in very poor sanitary conditions for all their life. Animals cannot express their species-specific behaviours and behavioural restrictions inflicted on them only cause severe physical and psychological suffering and negative experiences such as pain, fear and frustration. Animals suffer from stereotypical behaviours that result in repetitive movements such as circling or pacing in the cage to self-mutilation and cannibalism.

UNSAFE

Fur farms pose a risk to animal and human health. During the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous outbreaks of SARS-CoV-2 on mink farms have evidenced the veterinary-public health risks associated with the production of fur. Breeding animals in intensive farming increases the risk of spreading zoonosis, specially when it comes to wild animals such as foxes and minks.

UNSUSTAINABLE

Fur farming has a significant environmental impact and it poses a serious threat to native biodiversity. Fur production has been and continues to be responsible for biodiversity loss on a massive scale considering past introductions and ongoing escapes of invasive alien species from fur farms. Having escaped from fur farms, the American mink is now widespread throughout the EU causing significant adverse impacts on European native wildlife. The environmental impact of fur is many times higher than that of other common textiles, including faux fur. The dressing and dyeing of fur involves the use of toxic chemicals. In terms of land pollution by toxic metals, fur dressing and dyeing is ranked in the top five highest pollution-intensity industries. Pollution from fur factory farms often has a devastating effect on local water bodies, soil, and air quality.

*WHAT IS A EUROPEAN CITIZENS' INITIATIVE?

The European Citizens’ Initiative is a unique and effective way for EU citizens to help shape our future by calling on the European Commission to propose new laws.

This is not just a petition. Once an initiative has reached 1 million validated signatures, the European Commission is obliged to respond and take action.

In order to achieve this, the Initiative requires citizens to provide personal data to validate their support. Be assured that your information can only be used for the support of this Initiative, and not for other purposes. Fur Free Europe is following all legal requirements, GDPR and data protection rules.