Draft of a fur farming ban reached the parliament of Estonia

On 23 February 2017 social democrat Barbi Pilvre presented the parliament of Estonia a draft that would ban fur farming in Estonia with a ten-year transitional period. According to Pilvre, ten years is a sufficient time for less than hundred people currently employed by the industry to retrain for...


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The first Estonian shop to join the Fur Free Retailer program

Estonian and Baltic design shop Les Petites is the first store in Estonia to join the international fur free program Fur Free Retailer. Designers, fashion houses, clothing chains and stores participating in this program do not produce or sell products made out of fur. Elena Volk, the owner of...


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Viljandi has a right to turn down wild animal acts

On 29 December 2016 the city council of Viljandi approved a legal act according to which the city has a right to decline permits to circuses and other public events that exploit wild animals.  Viljandi’s decision follows a similar one by the cities of Tallinn, Tartu and Pärnu. The topic is...


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Tallinn bans wild animals in circuses

Today, Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, sent an official letter to Estonian animal organisations in which it declared to no longer issue new public event permits to circuses that use wild animals. In recent months, the cities of Tartu and Pärnu have made a similar decision. The topic is...


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Reval Denim Guild to join the Fur Free Retailer program

Popular Estonian brands Reval Denim Guild and GUILD joined the international Fur Free Retailer program, which member designers, fashion houses, clothing chains and stores are neither producing nor selling any products made out of real fur. “We joined the program, because we value ethical production. We joined, because it...


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Pärnu bans wild animals in circuses

  Pärnu, the fourth largest city in Estonia, decided not to allow circuses that exploit wild animals, to perform in the city. Their statement came after a similar decision made by Tartu, the second largest city in Estonia.  The decision was announced today by the mayor of Pärnu, Romek Kosenkranius. (Read more in...


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Tartu bans wild animals in circuses

Tartu, the second largest city in Estonia, will no longer allow circuses that exploit wild animals, to perform in the city. The decision was yesterday announced by the mayor of Tartu, Urmas Klaas.  Estonian ministry of rural affairs is currently working on a draft to ban the use of...


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Estonian fashion designers support a ban on fur farming

For the first time in Estonia, local fashion designers stand up to support a ban on fur farms in a campaign run by the animal advocacy organization Loomus. This project is a part of the long-term campaign “I am on the side of animals!”, which supports the ambition to...


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International petition calls on Estonia to ban fur farms

On 17 August, the NGO animal advocacy organization Loomus started an international petition that calls on the parliament to ban fur farming in Estonia. The petition, available at https://www.change.org/p/parliament-of-estonia-end-fur-farming-in-estonia, has, by now, collected almost 20 000 signatures. With the international petition, Loomus wants to introduce the local fur farming...


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Estonian veterinarians support wild animal circus ban

NGO animal advocacy organization Loomus welcomes the announcement by The Estonian Veterinary Association in support of banning wild animals in circuses.  “As a member of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, the Estonian Veterinary Association has voted for banning the use of wild animals in traveling circuses,” confirms Priit...


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Animal advocates: Impact analysis on fur farming is biased

Today, on May 3, the final report of an impact analysis on Estonian fur farming, which was ordered due to the animal advocacy organization Loomus’ memorandum, will be presented at the Rural Affairs Committee of the Parliament of Estonia. According to Loomus, the analysis is not impartial enough. “The mere...


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Scientists call for fur bans in EU member states

On November 26, the Intergroup on Welfare and Conservation of Animals met to discuss fur farming in the EU. The meeting was opened by MEP Janusz Wojciechowski, President of the Intergroup on Welfare and Conservation of Animals who welcomed everyone to the launch of the new report “The Case...


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Estonian animal organizations to strengthen cooperation

The project for developing the field of animal protection in Estonia and creating a cooperation network between the organizations, initiated by the NGO animal advocacy organization Loomus, was kicked off in September.  “There are about twenty animal protection organizations in Estonia, whose cooperation is rather hectic. In order to...


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VIDEO: Watch what people from ten different fields of life think of fur farms

The campaign “I’m on the animals’ side” by the Estonian animal advocacy organization Loomus continues with statements on why fur farms belong to the past by ten people from ten different fields of life.  In these video clips, veterinarian Andrus Joost, entrepreneur Indrek Kasela, streetcar driver Marika Nekljudova, actor Ivo Uukkivi,...


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Estonians and Finns to organize a massive demonstration against fur farming

Finnish and Estonian animal protection organizations are organizing a massive international demonstration this Thursday, May 21st, for banning fur farming in Finland. Among others, the event is supported by the world’s largest animal protection organization PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). “We are participating in the demonstration,...


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Estonian animal organisations urge people to boycott Moscow Cat Theatre

From 31 January to 2 February, the Moscow Cat Theatre and Russian clown Yuri Kuklachev will be giving cat circus shows around Estonia. Kuklachev’s show includes 30 cats and two dogs, who perform tricks on stage after the daily travelling. Estonian Society for the Protection of Animals, animal advocacy...


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NGO Loomus made an appeal about Karjaküla fur farm to the veterinary board

Based on the video material that was published in the Estonian National Television’s program “Pealtnägija” on November 19, animal advocacy organisation Loomus made an appeal about Karjaküla fur farm to the Estonian Veterinary and Food Board concerning several breaches of animal act. According to Loomus, there were fox cages that did not include the...


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Loomus to hold the first animal rights conference in Estonia

The first animal rights conference in Estonia will be held in Tallinn on October 31. The conference keynote speaker is a well-known Finnish philosopher and activist Elisa Aaltola. According to the conference project manager Kadri Aavik, animal rights movement has existed in Estonia for eight years. “However, in the past...


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MANIFESTO: Estonian NGOs support banning fur farms and animal circuses

Fur farms and animal circuses are industries maintained by people’s trivial desires for luxury and entertainment. This is a sign of a social issue about using animals and causing them suffering for needless purposes. The contemporary society, along with its norms and laws, are in constant development and, based...


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