Norwegian fur farms to lose $2.35M in government subsidies

MakeFurHistorySubsidies to Norway’s 280 fur farms – totalling about 17.8M kroner ($2.35M) – could be cut in a new proposal.

Online newspaper The Local reported that the Norwegian Fur Breeders’ Association said that the proposal accounts for more than half the funding provided to the industry, and the cuts could threaten “about half the farms.”

In the same breath, the fur representative said that the industry is highly profitable and economically important. The irony was not lost to a national advocacy organization.

“Fur farms are presented as the most profitable farming sector but they still demand tens of millions of kroner in special aid," Live Kleveland of the Norwegian Society for Protection of Animals said.

It’s the same story here in Canada – Nova Scotia’s farmers were given a $20M bailout (following an extension on loan programs), but demand that they are successful and important to the economy. Other similarities between Norway’s fur industry and our own include public opinion being opposed to the killing of animals for their fur, and the vast majority of the skins being exported.

Around the world – and here at home – people are choosing to #MakeFurHistory.

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