Successful outcome of the exhibition “Make Fur History”

On 26/01/2018, in All posts, by Animal Welfare Intergroup

This week, the ECR Members, Ryszard Legutko MEP, Jadwiga Wiśniewska MEP, Zdzisław Krasnodębski MEP, Zbigniew Kuźmiuk MEP, Stanisław Ożóg MEP and Valdemar Tomaševski MEP together with the NGOs Fur Free Alliance, Otwarte Klatki and Eurogroup for Animals held a very successful exhibition which was titled “Make Fur History- why the fur industry belongs in the past”. The exhibition had a major echo in media and in particular in the Polish press. It was supported by a video message of Jarosław Aleksander Kaczyński and an open letter by Brigitte Bardot highlighting the concerns about animal welfare as well as the impacts on biodiversity and the environment which are linked to fur production.

During the last twenty years, the ethical concerns of a majority of the European citizens and the inherent cruelty of fur farming have led an increasing number of EU Member States to ban fur farming. Besides Austria, Croatia, the Netherlands, Slovenia, the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, the Belgian regions of Wallonia and Brussels, Poland is now likely to ban fur faming in the next future with a phase out period of some years. Considering that Poland is currently one of the biggest fur producers in the European Union this new ban will set a significant landmark for the inexorable decline of the fur industry in the European Union.

This is reflected also by trend setters of fashion such as Gucci and Armani who have confirmed their intentions to no longer use fur in any of their fashion collections. Giorgio Armani said in a recent statement: “Technological progress made over the years allows us to have valid alternatives at our disposition that render the use of cruel practices unnecessary as regards animals. Pursuing the positive process undertaken long ago, my company is now taking a major step ahead, reflecting our attention to the critical issues of protecting and caring for the environment and animals.”

With consumers and retailers turning their backs on the cruel and unnecessary fur trade, this exhibition was a valuable opportunity for European decision makers to reflect on the promotion of further national bans in the EU Member States following in the footsteps of those who have already done so.


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