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  • Anti-Fur Society
    ... From: World Wide Legal Action 4 Animal Rights Date: 2012/8/31 Subject: [New post] EU: ban fur farming in the European Union
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      LAAR posted: "   This petitions was started by Occupy for Animals at date of August 31, 2012 and has been submitted to the European Parliament for official registration at the same date. Please sign here: https://www.change.org/petitions/eu-ban-fur-farmi"
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      New post on World Wide Legal Action 4 Animal Rights

      EU: ban fur farming in the European Union

      by LAAR

       

      This petitions was started by Occupy for Animals at date of August 31, 2012 and has been submitted to the European Parliament for official registration at the same date.

      Please sign here:

      https://www.change.org/petitions/eu-ban-fur-farming-in-the-european-union

       

      While wearing fur clothing in cold weather as protection goes back to the stone age, the source for this material came from the wild. As human populations grew, furs, leathers and hides for use in clothing came from farm stock such as sheep (sheepskin), rabbits, cattle, pigs and goats. The earliest records of breeding mink for fur in North America were in the 1860s. Foxes were first raised on farms for fur in Prince Edward Island in Canada in 1895.

      Historically, the fur trade played an important economic role in the United States. Fur trappers explored and opened up large parts of North America, and the fashion for beaver hats led to intense competition for supplies of raw materials. Starting in the latter half of the 20th century, producers and wearers of fur have been criticized by animal rights activist because of the perceived cruelty involved in animal trapping and because the availability of synthetic fibers (from petroleum oil) that competed with natural fibres such as fur and wool.

      Today, 80 percent of the fur clothing industry's pelts come from animals raised on farms. The rest is from animals caught in the wild. The most farmed fur-bearing animal is the mink (50 million annually), followed by the fox (about 4 million annually). Asiatic and Finnish raccoon and chinchilla are also farmed for their fur. 64 percent of fur farms are in Northern Europe, 11 percent are in North America, and the rest are dispersed throughout the world, in countries such as Argentina and Russia.

      Fur used from animals caught in the wild is not considered farmed fur, and is instead known as 'wild fur'. Most of the world’s farmed fur is produced by European farmers. There are 6,000 fur farms in the EU. The EU accounts for 63% of global mink production and 70% of fox production. Denmark is the leading mink-producing country, accounting for approximately 28% of world production. Other major producers include China, the Netherlands, the Baltic States, and the U.S. Finland is the largest United States supplier of fox pelts. The United States is a major exporter of furskins. Major export markets include China, Russia, Canada, and the EU. Exports to Asia as a share of total exports grew from 22% in 1998 to 47% in 2002. China is the largest importer of fur pelts in the world, therefore making them the largest re-exporter of finished fur products.

      Animals on fur farms spend their entire lives confined to cramped, filthy wire cages. Fur farmers use the cheapest and cruelest killing methods available, including suffocation, electrocution, gas, and poison.

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    • Masha
      Occupy for Animals - have started a new petition that we have submitted to the European Parliament for official registration. Thus, by signing it, you can be
      Message 2 of 2 , Sep 20, 2012
        Occupy for Animals - have started a new petition that we have submitted to the European Parliament for official registration. Thus, by signing it, you can be sure that your voice will be counted.

        Title: Ban fur farming in the European Union

        Petition link: https://www.change.org/petitions/eu-ban-fur-farming-in-the-european-union#

        For additional information on this petition, please visit:
        http://www.occupyforanimals.org/ban-fur-farms-in-the-european-union.html
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