Flemish government bans fur farming and force-feeding for foie gras, by December 1, 2023 at the latest! This will affect 17 mink farms and the only foie gras producer in Flanders.
Fur farms have already been banned in the two other Belgian regions of Wallonia and the Brussels capital region. This is however symbolic, as there weren’t any fur farms in either regions when the bans were introduced. Foie gras in Wallonia is still not prohibited.
Read more on: https://www.neweurope.eu/article/flanders-ban-foie-gras-fur-production/ and https://www.furfreealliance.com/historic-news-belgium-ends-fur-farming/
Fur farming has been prohibited in the Czech Republic as of today, August 2, 2017.
The law concerns the "raising and killing animals exclusively or mainly for their furs", such as foxes and minks. Nine existing fur farms will be forced to close by January 31st, 2019. This decision reflects the general opinion on fur farming, as 83 per cent of Czechs are in favour of closing fur farms.
At present bans on fur production have also been adopted by Austria, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Croatia, Macedonia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, and the United Kingdom. Due to the high prohibitions and standards of captivity in Germany and Switzerland farming animals for fur is hindered. In Belgium, Wallonia and the Region of Brussels-capital have banned fur farming. Currently the Flemish Minister of Animal Welfare is considering a draft law banning such farms.
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Germany has voted in favour of stricter regulations in view of reaching a complete ban on fur farming within 5 years. The 6 remaining mink farms will be obliged to close after this transition period.
Read more here
For an overview of national legislations on fur farming in Europe click here
Article 5(2) of Directive 98/58/EC requires the Commission to submit a report to the Council based on the experience gained by Member States since its implementation.
Commission Decision 2006/778/EC lays down provisions concerning minimum requirements for collecting information during inspections of production sites on which certain animals are kept for farming purposes. Its annexes contain tables of the requirements to be checked with regard to non-compliance. Under this Decision, Member States have been obliged to send the Commission annual reports since June 2009. Also, recital (9) of this Decision indicates that "the collection of data on animal welfare inspections is essential for the Community to evaluate the impact of its policy in this field".
The EU Animal Welfare Strategy 2012-2015 identifies lack of enforcement of EU legislation as one of the main problems affecting the welfare of animals. In addition the report to the Council on the implementation of Council Directive 98/58/EC of 20 July 1998 concerning the protection of animals kept for farming purposes provides valuable insight into areas of enforcement.
Whole report can be found in here.