Παρασκευή, 19 Δεκεμβρίου 2014

We demand that Fur Farming in Greece is banned

In recent years in Greece, there is an increase in fur farms in the region of West Macedonia.West Macedonia is divided into the regional units of Florina, Grevena, Kastoria, and Kozani. 

In 2011 there were 43 fur farms in Greece. 
According to the figures from the Ministry of Rural Development and Food  (March 2014), fur farms have increased to 105!

Kastoria – 45 fur farms

Kozani – 50 fur farms

Grevena – 8 fur farms

Florina – 2 fur farms


New fur farms are under construction     .....
Mink, the main specie of animals reared in fur factory farms in Greece, is still essentially wild animal. They are unsuitable to be kept for production purposes. 

These animals spend short and miserable lives in small wire cages, only to be gassed to death when their pelts are at their prime. 

The conditions under which fur farmed animals are kept do not satisfy their behavioural needs. Their caged environment is monotonous and physical exercise is restricted. The animals are also unable to express their species-specific behaviours. Foxes, for example, are denied the opportunity to dig, while mink have no access to swimming water and cannot avoid social contact.

As a consequence, animals on fur farms have routinely been found to exhibit stereotyped behaviour (such as pacing along the cage wall, repetitive circling/nodding of the head, etc.), as well as self-mutilation (i.e. sucking or biting of the animal’s tail fur, or other parts of the pelts). Infanticide and cannibalism has also been reported.

Fur farming is already banned outright in Austria and the United Kingdom

It was also banned in Croatia from 2007 with a 10 year phase-out period for existing farms. 

In December 2012, the Netherlands, which is the EU’s second largest mink producer, passed a ban on fur farming and will phase-out mink production entirely by 2024. 

Slovenia also banned fur farming in March 2013 with a three year phase-out for existing producers. 

Proposed legislation to prohibit fur farming is also currently being considered in Belgium, Estonia and Israel. 

Italian region Emilia Romagna also moves towards ban on fur farming



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