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Mink farmers on offensive against impending ban

Friday 06 May 2011

Mink farmers are launching a major publicity offensive in an effort to turn the tide against plans to phase out the sector, the Telegraaf reports.

The Netherlands is one of the biggest fur farming countries in the world, with around 160 farms producing five million pelts a year.

The government’s alliance partner PVV has joined the Socialists and Labour party to give majority support to a ban. The minority government made up of the CDA and VVD is opposed.

In 2009, MPs voted to phased out fur farming by 2018. That legislation still has to be passed by the upper house of parliament. A majority of the upper house is likely to be in favour of the ban.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

I don't understand the problem the mink farmers have. The new law will ensure that they can phase out their business without the risk of getting into financial trouble.

By pepe C | 6 May 2011 9:33 AM

If the ban goes through, the big mink money farmers would relocate to another country. That would mean a great loss in tax, but the mink would continue to be exploited.

By The visitor | 6 May 2011 12:42 PM

It's entirely right that these farms be banned!

This is the face of European fur farming: http://youtu.be/-IKs81bus48

Spanish mink farm this year:

By Fur is sick | 6 May 2011 3:05 PM

There will always be injustice somewhere, The Visitor. That doesn't mean that it should be allowed here.

By pepe C | 6 May 2011 6:02 PM

@Fur is sick: Your name says it all.

Fur in no more sick than beef roasts and pork chops and lamb cutlets or chocolat covered ants, etc. Each of these animal species is utilized for specific purposes, nothing is wasted.

I am in favour of respectful and humane treatment of all animal species when utilized by humans. It is true that some individuals are very insensitive to animals and we need to improve standards and education regarding that problem. Maybe you should concentrate your efforts there.

In the wild, many animals experience a much more gruesome life-cycle, but I don't hear anything about that from the anti-fur people. You guys have been sold a crock!

By KenM | 7 May 2011 12:39 AM

BAN IT! Same kinds of plans are being made in Finland - I hope they will ban fur farming in Finland, The Netherlands and everywhere!!

By Gena | 9 May 2011 11:32 AM

KenM - wake up and smell the coffee, raising and killing animals for the sake of fashion is neither respectful nor humane regardless of how/where is done. Animals are not things to be utilized as we see fit, and mink most certainly does not exist in this world for the specific purpose of supporting the fashion industry.

By kiki | 9 May 2011 1:58 PM

Mink farming is no more harmful to the animals than any other animal industry (probably the welfare is way better than, say, chicken or pork production) - which the Dutch government acknowledges by stating that mink should be banned due to its status as a luxury product.

However, any kind of meat is as much luxury as wearing mink. We could all well feed on alternatives to meat. And that, btw, is exactly what the Animal Rights movement want. I say Fur is a Human Right.

By Kenneth | 25 May 2011 1:00 PM

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