The Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Rural Affairs have arrived at the position that there is no reason to ban fur farming in Estonia and have submitted a proposal to this effect to the Estonian government.
From the Ministry of the Environment's point of view, the primary issues related to fur farming involve the release of invasive species into the wild and the handling of manure, yet in recent years the situation has improved, sated a letter sent to the Government Office. As a result, the Ministry of the Environment sees no reason to ban fur farming in Estonia.
The Ministry of Rural Affairs found that if rules concerning the keeping and killing of animals were followed, fur farms should be allowed to continue to operate.
Letters seeking a ban on fur farming have been sent to the Rural Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu this year by animal rights nonprofut MTÜ Loomade Nimel ("In the Name of the Animals"), the Estonian arm of international organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) as well as a number of Estonian fashion designers.
Chairman of the Rural Affairs Committee MP Ivari Padar (SDE) has previously told BNS that the committee wished to hear the Estonian government's stance on the matter in order to formulate its own, adding that members of the committee held differing opinions regarding whether or not fur farming should be banned in Estonia.
Editor: Editor: Aili Vahtla