Last month, Poland voted to ban fur farming in the Sejm, or lower parliament, and now the legislation that will now pass to the upper parliament in the Senate in hopes to be signed into law by the president.
This was all due to PETA Germany exposing five Polish fur farm’s abusive and neglectful practices. PETA UK argues that not only is fur farming an ethical issue, it is also a public health issue, especially in light of the current pandemic. Poland, the third-largest fur-producing country in the world after China and Denmark, just may put an end to fur in the next year.
“Fur farms are putting public health at risk, too. When it comes to the risk of disease, they’re no different to the live-animal market in which the novel coronavirus is believed to have originated…Minks with infections, sores, and festering, open wounds caused by the wire flooring they stand on are a common sight. Fur farmers and handlers are among those who most commonly suffer from the zoonotic bacterial disease tularemia,” PETA UK said in a blog post.
If the bill is passed and signed by the president, this legislation will take effect within a year’s time and will add Poland to the list of growing countries that have banned fur farming, including Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Luxemburg, Norway, Slovakia, the UK, and more. Unfortunately, rabbits are not included in Poland’s legislation and the ban only includes minks, foxes, and raccoon dogs.
If passed, this bill is estimated to save the lives of approximately 6 million animals per year.