Empty wire cages at a mink farm. Photo Credit: Bloomberg Creative/Getty ImagesAnimals Belgium
Another Country Waves Goodbye to Fur Farms
Following decades of concerted efforts from animal protection groups, Belgium has officially closed all 17 remaining fur farms a full year ahead of schedule, thus putting an end to the cruel practice and sparing the lives of thousands of minks.
Back in 2017 a letter was sent by PETA to then-minister Ben Weyts stressing that “barbaric cruelty is unacceptable in a civilized, progressive country”, and consequently, all fur farms were set to be shut down by the end of 2023.
Major fashion brands have gone fur-free, including Chanel, Diane von Furstenberg, Dolce & Gabbana, and Canada Goose. Belgium joins the ranks of Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and the United Kingdom as countries that have closed all their fur farms, and more countries are following the trend.