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Recent cases reveal the horror of the fur trade's trap of choice

Recent cases reveal the horror of the fur trade's trap of choice

The winter has seen several reports of animals suffering terribly in illegal gin traps in the UK, but not enough people realise that this cruel device is currently being used to trap animals in North America- just for their fur.

Gin traps are a type of steel-jawed leghold trap - a device so cruel that its use has been banned throughout Europe. In fact it was outlawed in England and Wales in 1958 by the Pests Act (1954) and Scotland followed suit a little later. The legal ban was introduced…

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MINK FARMING ENDS IN JAPAN

MINK FARMING ENDS IN JAPAN

The breeding of mink for their fur in Japan is over now that the country's last remaining fur farm in Niigata has shut down.

  Japan, 29 November 2016 - In recent years the Otsuka mink farm was repeatedly reported by the ‘Animal Rights Center Japan’ for operating without a license and violating the Japanese Invasive Alien Species Act of 2006. Now the farm has ended…

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Fur farming ban in Czech Republic passes first stage in Czech Parliament

Fur farming ban in Czech Republic passes first stage in Czech Parliament

A long awaited fur farming ban in the Czech Republic is now one step closer after a new bill that would outlaw fur farming by 2019 passed its first reading in the Chamber of Deputies earlier this week.

Under the proposed new legislation, it will be prohibited to  breed and kill animals solely or primarily for their fur. The bill was sponsored by a quarter of the members of the 200-seat Chamber. Last year Respect for animals published a comprehensive, scientific…

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International experts discuss fur farming ban legislation in Czech Parliament

International experts discuss fur farming ban legislation in Czech Parliament

Co-author of Respect for Animals' "The Case Against Factory Farming" report and UK MP offer support in Prague.

Last week (Thursday, 20 October) an international seminar took place in the Chamber of Deputies in Prague to discuss legislation that could lead to a ban on fur farming in the Czech Republic. Organized by animal protection group Svoboda Zvirat and supported by…

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Good news as constitutional court UPHOLDS legal ban on fur farming in Wallonia

Good news as constitutional court UPHOLDS legal ban on fur farming in Wallonia

Decision raises hopes for a similar ban in Flanders.

The ban in Wallonia, Belgium on fur farming IS consistent with the Constitution, according to a ruling of the Belgian Constitutional Court which was published earlier today.  The decision follows a request for annulment submitted by Belgian fur farmers and European…

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New Undercover Footage Shows Again The Shocking Cruelty Behind Fur Trapping

New Undercover Footage Shows Again The Shocking Cruelty Behind Fur Trapping

The horrors of the fur trade once more shown through illegal, dangerous and cruel trapping- often in protected areas.

In 2011, Respect for Animals worked in conjunction with Born Free USA on an undercover investigation that blew the lid on the practice of fur trapping in the USA.    Now, Born Free have released the findings of a further investigation, in which an…

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National Geographic readers deserve better.

National Geographic readers deserve better.

Our response to the recent dissatisfactory article in National Geographic Magazine about the fur trade.

We were very disappointed to read the article titled ‘Why Fur Is Back In Fashion’ printed in the latest National Geographic magazine.  The article provides readers of this global magazine with an unsubstantiated, unbalanced view of the cruel and…

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Victims of the fur trade: the world's fluffiest cat

Victims of the fur trade: the world's fluffiest cat

The Pallas's Cat, also known as the Manul Wildcat, has the most fluffy and thick fur amongst all the species of the cat family.

It has about 9,000 hairs per square centimetre, which can reach a length of 7 cm. It’s coat is perfectly adapted to keep the animal warm during the cold winters it endures in the mountains and slopes of Russia, Mongolia and other areas of Asia. Whilst they may have…

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Bad News For Mink As Canadian Government Extends Factory Farmers Bailout Repayments

Bad News For Mink As Canadian Government Extends Factory Farmers Bailout Repayments

The Canadian federal government has come to the rescue of struggling mink farmers in Canada by giving them an extra year to pay off loans that are due in a few months.

Across Canada, 46 mink breeders borrowed about $17 million from the government last year and still owe about a third of that money, around $5.7 million. Most of that is owed by mink breeders in Nova Scotia. The mink fur industry has been hard hit by a drop in pelt…

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Good news from Belgium: 'Pelsland' goes bankrupt

Good news from Belgium: 'Pelsland' goes bankrupt

A well known fur retailer and target of anti fur campaigns has been forced to close in Belgium.

‘Pelsland’, which had been a part of the Belgian fur scene for 40 years, was declared bankrupt last month by the court of Antwerp.  The company’s Director blamed recent exceptionally mild winters, although local activists point to evidence of a…

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