As news rolled out about a new coalition government in Norway, another story emerged: fur farming will be ending by 2025.
According to the Reuters news service, Prime Minister Erna Solberg “agreed to shut fox and mink farms that produce about one million pelts a year as part of a deal on Sunday to broaden her two-party minority government by adding the anti-fur Liberal Party.”
The Norwegian Animal Rights Organization (NOAH) posted celebratory images and comments on their website and social media, prompting a flurry of excitement across the animal advocacy world.
“NOAH has fought for 28 years for this … this is a joyful day for all the thousands of people who have fought for years for an end to this animal cruelty,” says Siri Martinsen, head of NOAH (translated from their website).
In their post, NOAH added that a resolution was set forward on January 14 that stated: “The government will conduct a controlled winding up of fur farming. The aim is to promote a parliamentary petition to the Storting on a ban on fur farming with a settlement period for existing producers until the end of 2024/25.”
Not only is this good news for advocates, showing that fur is a commodity politicians are willing to trade on, but it’s a huge victory for the millions of animals who will not suffer as a result of the eventual ban.