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The ECI For a Fur Free Europe: put an end to the fur industry in Europe


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Today, One Voice, the French representative for the international coalition Fur Free Alliance, has joined Eurogroup for Animals to celebrate the launch of the European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) For a Fur Free Europe. In one year, we will have to collect a million signatures from within the European Union member countries to finally put an end to fur in Europe.

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The Fur Free Europe ECI has asked the EU to forbid the breeding of animals for fur as well as marketing of products coming from fur farms, because fur is against ethics, dangerous, and not sustainable:

  • The complex behavioural needs of wild animals cannot be met in fur farms: locking them up in small cages for the sole purpose of killing them, or primarily for the value of their fur, cannot be made legal for domestic species either.
  • Fur farms represent a risk to human and animal health, as proven by the COVID-19 pandemic, when hundreds of mink farms were affected by the coronavirus outbreak and new variants of the virus were passed from animals to humans.
  • Breeding animals for fur has a significant environmental impact as the treatment and dying of fur requires the use of toxic chemical products. In terms of soil pollution from toxic metals, fur production is classified among the five most polluting industries.
  • The fur industry also constitutes a serious threat for native biodiversity. Certain farmed species, such as American mink and raccoon dogs, have escaped fur farms and are now considered as an exotic invasive species causing significant damage to native European wildlife.

During a meeting of the European Union Council (Agriculture and Fisheries), the Netherlands and Austria filed an information note, supported by Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg, and Slovakia, requesting that the European Commission forbids breeding animals for fur. The appeal to put an end to breeding animals for fur in the EU for animal welfare, public health, and ethical consideration reasons has been supported by a total of twelve member states during deliberations on the document.

The Fur Free Europe ECI was officially registered by the European Commission on 16/03/2022 and will run from 18/05/2022 for one year.

"For years One Voice kept showing the true face of the fur industry. The images from the investigation that we led in France to condemn the prison conditions of minks and the devastating effects on the environment have of course shocked the public, French parliamentarians, and even members of the European Parliament.
Our legal proceedings have allowed us to apply pressure on farms and to prevent them from growing, making their business model impossible to maintain.

Fur no longer pleases consumers, because the reality of what it involves is blindingly obvious. In France, wild animal fur farms are now banned by law. Let’s make sure that this great victory is spread everywhere among our neighbours in Europe!
European citizens must join and sign the For a Fur Free Europe ECI."

Muriel Arnal, Founding President of One Voice

“There has never been a more urgent need for Europe to make the cruel and unnecessary fur trade history. The fur industry not only treats animals inhumanely for a product no one needs, but has also been shown to be a breeding ground for outbreaks of infectious diseases such as COVID-19, as well as having a serious negative environmental impact. We know that public opinion in Europe opposes the fur industry and we need European citizens to act now by signing this ECI”, said Joh Vinding, President of Fur Free Alliance.

“We have an unprecedented opportunity to finally put an end to this cruel and unnecessary practice. European citizens have been asking for it for a long time, and their wishes started changing the fashion system, with many historic brands going fur free. Last year’s AGRIFISH Council proved that now there is also a political will. We call on the public to help us make history and ban fur once and for all, and on the European Institutions to support the public demand”, said Reineke Hameleers, CEO of Eurogroup for Animals.

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Translated from the French by Joely Justice

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David | Thursday 19 May 2022

C'est honteux de traiter des animaux de la sorte. Il faut arrêter ces élevages partout dans le monde et les laisser vivre en paix