UPDATE: On June 2, 2021, the Riigikogu voted 56 to 19 to end fur farming in Estonia! Click here for an updated news article.
Estonia may become the next European nation to ban fur farming as advocates announce bi-partisan support for legislation to end the inherently inhumane industry.
ERR News (a program of Estonian Public Broadcasting) reported that 33 MPs, or just under a third of the Riigikogu (Estonia’s legislature) have stated they will support a bill that bans fur farming.
“We are pleased that the members of the Social Democratic Party (SDE), the Reform Party, the Conservative People’s Party of Estonia (EKRE) and the Center Party have already promised to vote in favor of the bill,” Annaliisa Post, a spokesperson for animal welfare group Loomus, said to ERR News. “This proves that the issue is important for all parties and that it is time to finally ban fur farms.
“By banning fur farms, we can set an example to neighboring countries and to the world at large,” she concluded.
At least 20 European nations have enacted legislation to phase out, ban or severely limit fur farming, according to our friends at the Fur Free Alliance.
The Fur-Bearers will continue to monitor this news and follow up as more information is available.