The Italian Senate voted to ban all fur farms and shut down mink farms on Wednesday.
The Budget Committee of the Italian Senate decided in favor of shutting down every last one of the country’s 10 mink fur farms, as well as banning the fur farming of foxes and chinchillas.
Animal rights group Humane Society International (HSI), conceived of the ban following Covid-19 outbreaks in mink farms throughout Europe, citing the farms as a “public health risk.”
The country’s plan to shut down its fur farms is projected to be in force by June 2022. The ban on breeding animals for fur farming will be effective immediately.
Martina Pluda, Director of HSI in Italy, stated “This is a historic victory for animal protection in Italy, and HSI/Europe is immensely proud that our fur farm conversion strategy has played a central role in dismantling this cruel and dangerous industry in our country.
“There are very clear economic, environmental, public health and of course animal welfare reasons to close and ban fur farms.”
President of the Parliamentary Intergroup for Animal Rights in Italy, Hon. Michela Vittoria Brambilla agreed, noting that: “In thirty years of animal rights battle this is the best victory.
“Finally, a parliamentary vote sanctions the end of unspeakable suffering inflicted on animals only in the name of profit and vanity.”
The issue of the rights of animals in Greece is serious, and it came to the forefront after a series of shocking and brutal crimes against animals occurred in Greece in 2020.
The Greek Parliament approved a new law on pet ownership in September, which PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis said will create rules so that no animal “will be abandoned, or abused.
“Greece is changing and is finally adopting a modern legal framework for the protection of pets,” Mitsotakis tweeted before the vote in Parliament.
The new law stipulates that pet abuse will carry stricter fines and will now include acts such as abandonment, shooting, intentional injury and poisoning.
In order to encourage owners to take better care of their pets, the bill introduces incentives by municipalities, such as a reduction in city taxes by up to 10 percent.
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