Praise for Croatia's Fur Farm Ban

By , 09 Jan 2017, 09:15 AM Politics

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As previously reported on TCN, Croatia banned fur farms from January 1, 2017, a decision which has been widely praised.

An overall ban on the breeding of animals for fur came into force in the Republic of Croatia on January the 1st, the ban was also adopted alongside the Animal Protection Act of 2006. The introduction of this law follows a 10 year phase out period.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) made the statement on its official Facebook page, reading ''A great start to 2017! Croatia's ban on fur farms is now in effect'', the post recieved 85,000 likes and has been shared more than 13,000 times and counting throughout the site.

The comical and adorable Chinchilla was the only animal in the country being bred solely for fur, until prominent public figures like Sharon Osbourne and Croatia's very own Goran Visnjic spoke out against the barbaric treatment and cruelty these poor animals suffer at the hands of fur farmers and the fashion industry.

Chinchillas, which are rodents otherwise native to the Andes Mountains in South America, were almost driven to extinction by the once very heavy demand for Chinchilla fur. They are now much loved throughout the world and bred as house pets. A big campaign to give good homes to the Chinchillas who were lucky enough to still be around when the law came into force is expected to be launched soon.

PETA, with around 5 million members worldwide, has voiced its desire for other countries to follow in Croatia's footsteps by banning the outdated and barbaric practice of fur farming.

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