After a 10-year-long phase-out period, Croatia has finally put a ban on fur farms in the country effective January 1, 2017.
Although there was backlash from the fur farming industry, Croatia’s Ministry of Agriculture listened to the voices of the concerned public and animal rights groups, and we’re happy to announce that the country’s complete ban on fur farming went into effect at the start of the new year.
Before the ban was set and while it was still under fire from the fur farming industry, Sharon Osborne urged Croatia’s Ministry of Agriculture to uphold the fur farming ban and sent them a PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals) video displaying the torture and suffering that chinchillas go though for their fur.
According to PETA, on many fur farms, they suffer from painful seizures after being electrocuted or their necks are broken while they’re still conscious. On a fur farm in Vista, California, which PETA helped shut down, one of the owners admitted to splinting broken bones herself as well as to amputating limbs with wire snips and six drops of brandy.
Chinchillas are originally found in South America with a population of only 100. Now, they are being bred worldwide by fur farmers and pet store distributors who sell them. The demand for the animal has left the population extremely threatened and near extinction.
This is a huge victory for animals worldwide, thank you Croatia for making this decision!
Photo Credit: Exotic Pets