10 000 signatures for banning fur farms will be handed over to the Estonian parliament this Friday

Altogether, the petition for banning fur farms gathered 1180 digital signatures and close to 9000 handwritten or e-mail signatures. This Friday, on November 21, the NGO Loomus will deliver the signatures and the respective registered letter to the Estonian parliament Riigikogu. mink_1772181i

Kristina Mering, the NGO Loomus project manager, finds that banning fur farms in Estonia would be an important step towards the state’s more ethical behavior. “That is the reason why banning fur farms is a topical issue in other parts of Europe as well – about 10 countries have banned fur farms entirely or partially,” explained Mering.

Digital signatures were collected as a part of the NGO Loomus’ long-term campaign “I’m on the side of animals”, the aim of which is to follow the example of other European countries in banning fur farming in Estonia after a transitional period. During the campaign, Estonian celebrities Ardo Kivi, Elina Born, Hasso Krull, Ivo Uukkivi, Jaan Kaplinski, Jim Ashilevi, Kadi Toom, Kaido Põldma, Kalle Kurg, Kallervo Karu, Karolin Kuusik, Kristjan Sarv, Lenna Kuurmaa, Loore Martma, Madis Nestor, Margit Keerdo, Maria Avdjushko, Nero Urke, Tõnu Trubetsky and Veiko Õunpuu declared their support for banning fur farms.

Fur farms are banned in England, Northern-Ireland, Austria, Croatia, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Bulgaria. Fur farms are partly banned in Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Italy and New Zealand. Chinchillas, rabbits, minks and foxes are raised on fur farms in Estonia; also, dogs, cats, raccoon dogs, ferrets, beavers, coypus, squirrels, bears and other animals are raised for fur in other parts of the world. According to the research conducted by the Estonian marekt research company Saar Poll, more than half, i.e. 59 percent of the Estonian population, does not support raising wild animals on fur farms for the sole purpose of producing fur.

“On the side of animals” video: http://youtu.be/QWcwKA4d3Fc
Campaign photos: http://loomus.ee/wp-content/themes/loomus/images/Karusnahakampaania.zip
Petition (digital signatures): http://petitsioon.ee/karusloomafarmid
Petition (e-mail signatures): http://petitsioon.ee/karusloomakasvandused

The NGO animal advocacy organization Loomus aims to protect the rights and interests of animals, and represent their interests in social discussions. Primarily, Loomus stands for the animals used in agriculture, animal testing, entertainment and fur farming.