Group of Czech lawmakers calls for ban of fur farms
Twenty lawmakers from across the political spectrum are backing a proposal to ban fur farms in the Czech Republic. The draft bill envisages a ban on the setting up of new fur farms as of 2017 and would force existing ones to close a year after that. But the ban would not affect rabbit farms where the fur is a by-product.
“My opinion, and I say this as Jiří Pospíšil - not as a politician, is that the breeding and killing of animals strictly to be used in fashion is immoral and unethical. Current Czech legislation makes clear that animals are creatures that feel and are not to be treated like material objects, like money, like a piece of furniture and so on. Today, half the European Union has either already enforced bans, or at the very least is debating the issue.”
But critics charge that a full ban on fur farming in the country is a step too far, representing unwarranted interference in private or commercial enterprise. ANO deputy party leader Jan Volný, Czech Radio reported, holds the view that fur farms in the country need to respect legislation but is against an outright ban. Animal rights activists, such as Ochrana, have long advocated a complete ban. Regarding private enterprise, MEP Jiří Pospíšil explains that the draft bill is counting on compensation for companies who would find themselves out of business. The MEP again:
Countries the Czech Republic would join if a full ban finds support in Parliament and is enforced? Great Britain, Austria and Croatia.