On 14 November 2018 social democrat Barbi Pilvre and 17 other parliament members presented the parliament of Estonia a draft to ban fur farming in Estonia starting 2024. The NGO Loomus welcomes the initiative and invites people to the animal rights march on 24 November in Tallinn.
Pilvre again initiated a bill to amend the Animal Protection Act and the Nature Conservation Act, which would outlaw in Estonia the keeping of animals, their breeding and propagation with the purpose of the production of fur.
NGO Loomus, that consulted Parliament on this draft, declared its support for the initiative and invited people to attend a march in Tallinn in support of the welfare of animals on November 24.
The aim of the bill is to ban the keeping of animals solely or mainly for the purpose of producing fur, as well as their breeding and propagation solely or mainly for the purpose of producing fur. If the bill is adopted, fur farms will cease to exist in Estonia from January 1, 2024.
Spokespeople for Loomus also said that their biggest victory so far is the presentation of the bill banning fur farms to the Riigikogu in spring 2017. “As the bill was not passed by the parliament then, we very much hope that the new initiative is more successful and fur farms will discontinue their activity also in Estonia soon,” Loomus leader Kadri Taperson said.
A manifest to support the outlaw of fur farms initiated by Loomus in 2014 is signed by all the major animal welfare organizations of Estonia, along with over 60 other non-governmental associations and businesses active in a variety of fields.
Fur farms have been banned in Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Macedonia, the Netherlands, Slovenia and the UK, while partial bans are in effect in Denmark and Sweden. The country to adopt a ban most recently was Norway, where fur farms will cease to exist in 2025. Today, a bill to ban fur farming was presented also in Ireland.