Dutch court gives fur farm ban a green light

Dutch Mink MAkeFurHistoryIt was a big day for the animals in the Netherlands earlier this week. Following a lengthy appeal process, a judge in The Hague upheld the legislated ban on fur farming, marking the beginning of the end of the industry in one of the largest fur producing nations in the world.

DutchNews.nl reported that the original decision fell on the side of the fur farmers, who claimed they were being legislated out of work without compensation.

“The appeal court, however, said on Tuesday that the new legislation does take the interest of fur farmers sufficiently into account because of the 11 year changeover period,” the site reads.

Though the Dutch fur industry has been home to 160 farms responsible for killing 5,000,000 animals (nearly twice the number of animals killed in Canada), the progressive nation does not seem to fear the loss of the relatively small economic benefits that come at the cost of millions of lives of pain and suffering.

The Netherlands was the third largest fur producing country in the world, trailing only China and Denmark.

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