2018 is looking up for animals and their activists!
Following recent success in 2017 in regards to fur bans, Norway began this year with a high note by announcing the liquidation of local fur farms. This will not only result in saving the lives of about 1 million minx and foxes annually but hopefully, it will influence more nations to enact similar bands within the upcoming year/s. With the lack of fur supply and demand, designers removing it from their products, and the influence from other countries bands, it was in Norway’s best interest to take initiate such actions.
NOAH, the Norwegian animal rights organization revealed that their nations are home to 340 farms producing fur from 700,000 minks and 110,000 foxes every year. 1 million foxes and minks are bread within these farms, only to spend their lives in small cages and are slaughtered by gas or electrocution.On January 14, 2018, a ban was introduced to the nations coalition government, which would rid of all local fur farms. The following Monday, government officials under Prime Minister Erna Solberg, announced a manifesto pledge to ban and phase out of all fur farms by 2025. This now makes Noway the 14th nation in Europe to do so.
Productivity in 2017 to influence 2018?
2017 was a successful year, thanks to animal activists groups such as PETA and the Humane Society releasing information almost on the day regarding the fur industry. Croatia started the year by announcing their abolishment of fur farms in early January; which was quickly followed by Germany in March. In mid-April, the city council of Berkeley approved an ordinance which banned all retail of fur products, making them the second city in California to do so. Finally, In later months, top brand names such as Gucci and Michael Kors shocked consumers and activists when they announced to end the use/sales of fur products. Now with the recent actions made by the Norwegian government, it seems that 2018 will have a [positively] similar fate.
‘We’re shocked, shaken to the core,’
Owners and Employees of Norwegian fur farms have been taken aback by this decision as the business provides a main source of income to many. ‘We’re shocked, shaken to the core,’ said Guri Wormdahl of the Norwegian Fur Breeders Association. The industry employees 400+ people within their farms and provide a national turnover up to 500 million crowns ($63 million) per year. However, the nations fur trade has continuously decreased since its peak during WW2 where the number of farms racked up to about 20,000. Now Norway only produces about 3% of the worlds fox furs and 1% of the world’s mink. Sveinung Fjose, of Menon Business Economics, stated “It’s not a very lucrative business in Norway, It wouldn’t harm the Norwegian economy severely’ to close it down”
Fur today isn’t “in”
Today, fur isn’t as appealing, or as the young people would say “chic” or “in”. Less fur and leather products (even faux) are being produced and instead there’s been a rise in simpler “clean cut” fashion. Recent trends stand on a professional and equalized look rather than one that flaunts wealth and status. Not only that but consumers are also focusing a lot on comfort, minimal care and mobility (usually made of cotton or polyester) which fur would not provide. Plus, more people are beginning to stand against the production fur products, making it less “approved” by society. Overall, there is a decreasing economic value of fur and the public would rather be flaunting more up to date and cruelty-free trends. The lack of supply and demand will hopefully influence fashion designers such as Burberry and Marc Jacobs to also remove fur from their company.
2018 is looking to be a great year!
Norway now joins Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, and the UK in banning fur farms nationally. It’s expected that Belgium and Luxembourg will join in introducing a similar ban within the next year. Hopefully, these immense changes will influence nations with large fur industries, such as China and Finland to initiate similar actions. Overall, Norway has taken a massive step towards these humanitarian efforts and is creating a path for 2018 to bring on more success.