According to the Norwegian animal rights organisation NOAH, Norway is set to implement a total ban on fur farming, making the practice illegal in the Scandinavian country.
The country currently kills 700,000 minks and 110,000 foxes every year and has 300 established fur farms.
However, the new ban will come into full effect in 2025, when the last of the fur farms will be shut down.
There has been a strong anti-fur campaign in the country over the past 30 years, but this is the first breakthrough in campaign efforts.
Meanwhile, it’s hoped other Scandinavian countries will implement similar bans.
In a statement, Camilla Björkbom, chairman of the Animal Society Right, expressed the importance of the decision.
“We welcome the Swedish Government’s proposal to investigate the welfare of minkers on Sweden’s fur farms, but today we see that Norway shows that a ban on fur farming is possible. This is a great news, not least for all the animals that are now not born and killed for their fur in Norway, but also because it sets a good example for Sweden and the upcoming Swedish investigation.”
“Norway is talking about today’s message to the growing number of countries in Europe who discontinue fur farming. By 2017, the Czech Republic and Germany have also decided to shut down fur farms,” said Björkbom.