End fur farming in Estonia
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There are about 30-50 fur farms in Estonia. Estonia's biggest fur farm raises 150 000 minks and 20 000 foxes. The total number of fur animals (foxes, minks, rabbits, chinchillas) in Estonia is about 200 000. The sector employs 90 people.
A national petition to ban fur farming in Estonia was signed by more than 10 000 Estonian citizens in 2014. The animal advocacy organization Loomus handed the signatures and the corresponding memorandum to the parliament. A public discussion about the memorandum was held at the Rural Affairs Committee. As a result of this discussion, the committee made an assignment to the Minister of Rural Affairs to conduct an analysis, which the latter ordered from the Estonian University of Life Sciences. In May 2016, the final report of an impact analysis on Estonian fur farming was presented to the committee. The Rural Affairs Committee closed the national petition, the bill was however introduced to the parliament by 14 parliament members from different parties.
On 10 May 2017, with 24 votes in favour and 49 against, the parliament of Estonia rejected the bill that would outlaw fur farming in Estonia over a period of ten years. The bill will be presented again until Estonia bans fur farming.
The bill was presented again on January 22. With 28 votes for and 25 votes against, the Estonian parliament rejected a proposal to close fur farms with a 5-year transition period. The new proposal will be among the first to reach the newly elected Estonian parliament. Parliamentary elections will take place in March 2019.
According to two different public polls, 69 percent of the Estonian population is either “rather” or “definitely” against raising and killing animals in farms for the purpose of producing fur.
Banning fur farms in Estonia is an important step towards the state’s more ethical behavior. There is no place for cruel, environmentally hazardous and unnecessary fur farms in a modern, progressive society.
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