7000+ Norwegians Take to the Street & Call For Fur Ban!
Just last weekend, over 7000 people in Norway were out on the streets to demand their government place a ban on fur farming.
The entire March was organized by NOAH – for animal rights, a Fur Free Alliance member and Norway’s largest animal rights group. While Oslo had almost 4000 participants take part in its anti-fur march with Oslo Mayor Marianne Borgen opening the day, the protest itself took place across various cities in Norway.
Famous Norwegian authors Hanne Kristin Rohde, Tor Åge Bringsvært, Simon Stranger, and Tooji, Norwegian-Iranian musician and former Eurovision participant, could be found in the crowds and made statements on the fur industry.
The march has become an annual event for 12 years now, gradually becoming Europe’s largest anti-fur based event. Mayor Marianne Borgen stated:
“Oslo shall be a pioneer on animal welfare, respecting the intrinsic value of animals. This does not reconcile with keeping predators in cages.”
Siri Martinsen, director of NOAH, along with colleagues from Finland, made a visit to the EU parliament in order to launch a report on the fur industry in Scandinavia, which focuses on the fact that the Nordic fur trade claims to function with the highest ethical standards, but that the fur farms themselves are a very different and cruel reality. Martinsen stated:
“It is a paradox that Europe’s largest anti-fur event is held in Norway, where the politicians have been delaying a thorough debate about ending this industry for a much longer time than in many other European countries. Great Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands, Germany and Italy are among the countries that have banned parts of or their entire fur industry.”
With the largest anti-fur march in all of Europe, and with the support of the Oslo mayor, hopefully the Norwegian government will no longer be able to delay the legitimate consideration and discussion of the steps needed in order to shut down Norway’s fur industry.
Photo Credit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdwjjIC9axo