Czech Republic Votes to Ban Fur Farms
Fur Free Alliance reported that on June 7, the Czech Chamber of Deputies “voted in vast majority to prohibit fur farming,” starting in 2019. The “overwhelming approval” of the legislation meant 132 votes were in favor, with only 9 votes against and 20 absentees.
According to the article, the Deputies “approved the strictest amendment proposal,” which was put forward by the chair of the Chamber Environment Committee Robin Böhnisch:
“The approved proposal states that fur farms will need to be closed down by 31 January, 2019. The proposal allows for farmers to apply for financial compensation, to enable them to meet their long-term financial obligations. The Ministry of Agriculture will assess the rate of compensation primarily on the basis of unpaid obligations and the market value of the farming property.”
Deputy Böhnisch noted the significance of the vote, stating:
“This is a victory which proves that killing animals for fashion’s sake is no longer supported among the Czech politicians. It is also a victory for the civic initiatives that helped the Deputies come to this insight. I am happy to see this barbarian practice end in the Czech Republic and I hope that our legislators will set an example for their colleagues in other countries where fur farming ban are currently being discussed.”
The next step is for the bill to enter the Senate. Fur Free Alliance adds that the Czech Republic will then join “12 European countries that have already passed bans or have implemented stricter regulations that results in the phasing out of fur farming.”