The Netherlands Place Ban On Mink Farms!
On Tuesday, a landmark decision was made in the Netherlands–the Dutch appeals court made the decision to shut the mink farms present in the country down.
While reforms or bans on industries that cause the needless suffering of animals is always celebratory news, considering the Netherlands is one of the world’s top five producers of mink fur, this recent ruling becomes all the more significant.
Originally, the Dutch senate banned the cruel industry in 2012 after a 13-year long debate, stating mink farms had until 2024 to be phased out. However, the ruling was not taken lightly with mink farmers suing and demanding more compensation, and the courts therefore overturned the law in 2014.
This last Tuesday marked the reinstating of the 2014 law, with the same time-frame offered for the closure of all mink farms.
Mink farms–like all fur farms, are notorious for their unethical treatment of the animals involved. The minks are kept in small, cramped cages with little room for any movement. Then, they are killed in barbaric ways such as electrocution or with the use of poison, in order to make sure their fur does not have any blood stains on it or damage to it. The Netherlands has about 160 fur farms, estimated to be raising approximately six million minks every year.
The Dutch fur industry has already let its disapproval be known, and have stated they will be taking the matter to the highest court in the Netherlands in order to have it appealed or to “pursue this case to the bitter end”, as a Dutch Federation of Noble Fur Holders spokesperson stated.
However, for those who have been working to have the law reinstated, hope remains high. Director of Dutch animal protection organization Bont voor Dieren, Nicole van Gemert, stated:
“Ever since our foundation, Bont voor Dieren has put up a battle against the Dutch mink breeders. We have had to endure some major setbacks, the overturn of the mink ban last year being the absolute low point. But perseverance kills the game: not only is the mink ban back in force, all expansions of mink farms carried out since the ban was announced are now illegal.”
However, as the law was overturned once, the organization still remains cautious and alert. Van Gemert continued:
“There is still a lot of work needed over the next years. Legal proceedings against all expansions of Dutch mink farms are first on the list. Not until the last Dutch mink breeder shuts its doors, will we stop exposing the cruel truth of the lives of millions of mink on Dutch fur farms.”
On top of making sure the Dutch courts keep their promise, here’s hoping that all countries who still continue the horrific practice of raising animals for fur, follow in their example.
Photo Credit: http://www.respectforanimals.co.uk/