A private member’s bill has been introduced in the House of Commons that could mark the beginning of the end of fur farming in Canada.
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Bill C-247, An Act to prohibit fur farming has been introduced by MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith on February 8, 2022. The bill has been tabled for first reading and will need go to the House for second reading for debate. View the bill here.
This bill comes months after the government of British Columbia announced it would ban mink farming in the province, becoming the first province in the country to act on fur farming. It also comes on the heels of numerous European countries passing fur farming bans in recent years, including Italy’s December 2021 announcement that will see an end to all remaining fur farms in that country.
The problems of fur farming in Canada impact several areas including animal cruelty and neglect, environmental pollution, threats to public health, and draining millions of dollars from public funding programs in failed attempts by governments to keep the industry economically viable. The conditions on Canadian fur farms cause signficant harm and suffering for the hundreds of thousnads of animals locked in small wire cages, all for a product that no one needs. Read more about fur farming in Canada by visiting our page here.
Fur farming belongs on the past, and this bill is a critical step forward to move Canada into the future. A 2022 poll commissioned by The Fur-Bearers has found that 74% of Canadians support a ban on fur farming. We commend MP Erskine-Smith for putting forward this bill and working to end the animal suffering caused to fur-bearing animals on fur farms.
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