Estonia is the first Baltic country to ban fur farming
This week, Estonia became the first Baltic country to ban fur farming. A majority (55) of the country’s 101 MPs voted to pass the law, which is due to come into force in January 2026. The public perception of fur in fashion has deteriorated in Estonia. A September 2020 poll found that 75 percent of people living in Estonia are not in favor of raising and killing animals like foxes and minks for their fur – a number that rose from 69 percent in 2016.
“Today we celebrate with Estonia that it is the first Baltic country to ban cruel fur farming and we congratulate local animal welfare groups on their years of campaigning to enforce the ban,” said Claire Bass, Executive Director of Humane Society International / United Kingdom . “This victory is further confirmation that imprisoning, electrocuting and gassing animals just to make bobble hats is a loan deal, and we hope politicians in nearby Finland and Poland are inspired not to be left behind when Europe turns its back. “On the cruel and unnecessary fur trade.”
Estonia’s fur farm has declined sharply in recent years, with the number of mink farms falling from 41 in 2015 (which produced 150,000 mink pelts) to just 25 fur farms in 2018. In February 2021, the largest fur farm in the country, which previously housed 160,000 animals – was empty, reported the animal rights group Loomus.
Estonia joins several nations, including Croatia, the Czech Republic, and a dozen other European nations, to enact similar bans.
Great Britain is getting one step closer to the fur ban
Over the years, Estonia has been a major fur supplier to the UK, which in 2003 banned the manufacture, but not the sale or import of, of the cruelly made animal product. Given the decline in consumer demand and production, the value of Estonian fur imports to the UK have declined significantly, from £ 348,064 in 2015 to £ 19,279.
In Great Britain, the HSI campaign Fur Free Britain is working to close the loophole and ban all fur sales and imports. The public perception of the fur trade in Great Britain is also largely negative. A poll in 2021 found that 72 percent of Britons expressed support for a ban. Earlier this year, a group of influential fashion designers and 50 British celebrities called for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to close the UK fur trade. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II even made a commitment in 2019 to abolish fur in favor of animal-free alternatives.
Finally, on May 31, the UK government took a step to check whether or not fur belongs in the country by issuing a call for evidence asking the public, the fashion industry and businesses to share their views on the fur trade submit to inform the future government policy.
“With the government defining Britain as a new independent trading nation, it is important that we use this moment to stop funding cruel industries abroad – we banned fur farming here because it was too cruel, so we should people overseas don’t pay to lock animals up. “For their whole lives in tiny cages, anything for a bobble hat or a hood,” said Bass. “When sales stop, the suffering stops, and we hope this call for evidence gives the government all it needs to confidently move forward with a ban.”