By By Michael Bohn The European Union (EU) is moving to crack down on the fur industry in the wake of the fur trade’s collapse.
EU Commissioner for Justice, Home Affairs and Citizenship Maros Sefcovic announced the new fur processing facility in the German city of Wuppertal, and said it would be operational by March 2019.
The new facility will produce more than 1,000 kilograms of processed fur each year, and Sefci said that was more than enough to supply Europe’s demand.
The EU is now looking to other countries in the world to join the fur market in order to provide the same level of animal welfare and supply to their populations.
“It is not just a question of stopping the fur trades, but we have to start to deal with the other important factors in the animal welfare, like the use of antibiotics and other new treatments, which are also a result of the industry collapse,” Sefce said.
The European Commission has been working with the European Union on regulations and guidelines to deal the fur markets problems, including the requirements to kill animals humanely and to use humane means to reduce suffering.
The fur trade is one of the most expensive industries in the EU, accounting for more than a quarter of the country’s GDP.
But animal rights groups have long complained that the trade is exploited by the industries that use it, and it’s now becoming a major issue in the debate about the EU’s future in the fur business.
The animal rights group, PETA, said that Europe’s fur trade needs to be regulated, and that its problems stem from the industry’s use of illegal drugs.
“The fur industry is now the most profitable in Europe, but it is still the biggest employer in the country, with more than 40,000 people working in the industry, and more than 100,000 animal welfare violations per year,” said PETA’s senior director for Europe, Kristina Vekovicky.
“EU fur regulations must be revised and modernized to protect the animals’ lives and ensure their safety.”
The EU has said it will be working with other countries to help tackle the fur problem, but has yet to officially join the industry.