Though a majority of elected representatives in Norway’s parliament asked for a ban on fur farms, a commission is recommending developing the industry sustainably.
The move in parliament came after footage from inside the country’s fur farms was aired on television showing seriously grave conditions, including infections, injuries and “questionable methods” of killing.
According to NewsinEnglish.no, an English-language media source in Norway, Member of Parliament Sveinung Rotevatn wanted to see the industry shut down, saying, “animal welfare is more important than people’s need for luxury goods.”
But then the commission report came in.
“A majority on the commission, which called the fur industry ‘both profitable and competitive internationally,’ believes fur production in Norway should continue,” NewsinEnglish.no reported. “NRK reported that five members of the nine-member commission supported ongoing fur production while three urged a gradual shutdown. One member didn’t want to commit to either.”
This is another case of the potential for revenue – which, for the record, is down significantly this year – taking over common sense, environmental concerns and the basic needs of animals.