Hungary pre-emptively bans mink and fox farms

An American Mink in the wild.

Hungary has taken decisive action to prevent the possibility of a coronavirus brewing pot that have ravaged the international fur industry and will prohibit the farming of mink, nutria, ferret and fox for their fur.

In a statement regarding the government action this week, the Ministerial Commissioner for Animal Welfare cited the growing concerns of SARS-CoV-2 and mutated forms of the pandemic virus, as well as the international documentation of poor welfare for the aforementioned animals.

The Minister of Agriculture for Hungary, Istvan Nagy, signed a decree November 24 setting forth these new rules in order to “prevent natural, economic and animal problems.”

None of the animals mentioned in the decree are currently farmed in Hungary; Chinchillas and Angora Rabbits, both of which are farmed in Hungary, remain legal.

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