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Euro Group For Animals reports that after having adopted a temporary ban linked to the COVID-19 outbreaks in mink farms and the potential impact on public health, Italy decided to permanently ban fur farming as of January 1, 2022.
Over 60,000 minks were killed every year in Italy purely for the value of their fur, but now, thanks to the endless efforts of Italian animal protection organizations and the mobilization of citizens, this cruelty will come to an end.
Today, Tuesday, December 21, 2021, “the Italian Senate Budget Committee approved an amendment that will shutter the country’s 10 remaining fur farms within six months and enact a permanent ban on fur farming throughout Italy”, reports The Humane Society Of The United States.
As reported by ANSA, the amendment allows existing fur farms to keep their animals until June 30, 2022.
Mr. Simone Pavesi, Animal Free Fashion Area Manager at LAV, said: “Italy is a more civilized country, we have put an end to a cruel, anachronistic, unjustifiable industry that has no more reason to exist in a civil society where the value of respect for animals, as sentient beings, is always more widespread and rooted.”
Ms. Kitty Block, President and CEO of the Humane Society of the United States and CEO of Humane Society International, wrote in her blog: “Together, we can end the fur trade, and once we do, other industries that profit from animal cruelty will surely take notice.”
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