Dutch approve bill to ban mink breeding

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Dutch members of parliament on Thursday approved amended legislation to ban the breeding of mink for fur after a campaign spanning some 13 years and a wrangle over time frames.

First suggested in a motion in 1999, the bill was approved by parliament's lower house in 2008 but failed to get the nod from the upper house because of a 2018 deadline it proposed.

"A new amended bill has been approved," an official for the lower house told AFP.

The draft law now extends the closure of some 170 mink breeding facilities to 2024 and compensates owners for their demolition as well as people who invested in the trade for their pensions, said Dutch Party for the Animals MP Esther Ouwehand.

Wim Verhagen, director of the Dutch Fur Breeders Association, however told AFP the legislation would not compensate fur breeders apart from paying part of the cost to close down their businesses.

"It's a bad law and will remain a bad law because it doesn't give us honest compensation for damages we will incur as fur breeders," he said.

"It is however, not law yet as it still needs to be approved by the upper house -- it could still take a few years," he added, saying if the legislation finally does go through, breeders would look at taking government to court.

The Netherlands is the third-largest breeder of mink and last year some nine million of the animals were killed for their hides, Ouwehand said.

Verhagen said the industry earned some 300 million euros ($375 million) in export revenues last year.

© 2012 AFP

3 Comments To This Article

  • beverly posted:

    on 7th July 2012, 03:50:10 - Reply

    fur is so out of fashion now...Baby seals were skinned alive while their mothers cried tears..baby lambs aborted from their mothers to get the baby fur...people wore leather shoes of unborn calf? All good anti fur reasons.
  • Tonna Powell posted:

    on 6th July 2012, 23:47:48 - Reply

    The question is, what happens to the rest of the carcass? Is mink meat delectable? Choosing to be vegetarian or vegan is not about 'not eating meat', it's a philosophy, a lifestyle, and a set of principles. It is defined as a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as possible and practical, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals. This means not consuming, wearing, using animals, nor taking part in activities of their exploitation. Veganism embodies non-violence and compassion and recognises the right of all sentient animals to be treated with respect and justice. It's about doing the best we can to align our actions with these values and is so much more than just a diet.
  • JR Bailey posted:

    on 6th July 2012, 11:37:11 - Reply

    If it's ok to ban fur breeders because some dimwits don't like the fur industry, then it's also ok to ban breeding cows because vegetarians, vegans, and other such nutcases don't like the fact that the cows end up as either hamburgers, roasts, or steaks, and for the dairy industry, the radical animal rights nutcases don't believe it's right to 'exploit' the cows for their milk.......so take ALL beef products and ALL dairy products OFF the shelves.....so what are the Dutch going to do WITHOUT cheese, milk, and beef? Oh yes, this could extend to chicken farming, sheep farming, etc...........let the Dutch Starve if they're really this stupid!