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Riigikogu rejects bill banning fur farms

People holding signs at a protest against fur farming.
People holding signs at a protest against fur farming. Source: (Martin Dremljuga/ERR)

The Riigikogu on Wednesday rejected a bill that would outlaw fur farming in Estonia over a period of ten years.

In its first reading, 49 MPs voted for the rejection of the bill to amend the Animal Protection Act and the Nature Conservation Act, while 24 MPs voted for going on with the legislative initiative, one MP was undecided and 18 abstained.

The bill called for imposing a ban on the farming of animals only or primarily for the purpose of fur production, as well as breeding and reproduction only or mainly for the purpose of fur production. The ban would have stepped into force beginning Jan. 1, 2028.

The bill was filed by 14 MPs: Barbi Pilvre, Marianne Mikko, Hardi Volmer, Hannes Hanso, Rainer Vakra, Inara Luigas, Heiman Lenk, Lauri Luik, Heidy Purga, Eiki Nestor, Oudekki Loone, Jaanus Karilaid, Eerik-Niiles Kross, and Liina Kersna.

Editor: Aili Vahtla

Source: BNS

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