Fur Farms Will Be Banned in Norway by 2025

Norway will ban fur farms by 2025, thanks to landmark legislation passed by Conservative Prime Minister Erna Solberg’s government. Despite the fact that fur farms are no longer an economic force to be reckoned with in Norway, they have historically enjoyed political support in the country. According to Merv Wiseman, vice-president of the Fur Breeders Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, “Norway was the last place on Earth we expected to see that (animal-rights groups) would make those kind of inroads.”

Europe is Losing its Appetite for Fur Farms

Norway is the 14th European nation to ban fur farming. In the 1930s, Norway the world’s foremost fur producer. At one time, the nordic nation had nearly 20,000 fur farms. But times have changed. A recent poll from Fur Free Alliance shows growing consumer distaste for fur in Europe. And when the gory nature of fur farming is coupled with the advent of superior animal-free alternatives, it’s difficult to justify killing animals for their fur.

Guri Wormdahl of the Norwegian Fur Breeders Association reports that there are approximately 200 fur farms in Norway today, employing around 400 people. So it’s safe to say that phasing out fur farming will not have a tremendous economic impact on Norway.

Fur Farms Are Obsolete

Fur made the hides of dead animals is about to go the way of whale oil lamps. Traditional animal fur produces toxic environmental pollution that threatens waterways and harm humans and wildlife. Research also demonstrates that chemicals like formaldehyde used in fur finishing poison consumers.

Fur is an archaic artifact of a bygone era. As I often argue, animal products like fur are no longer efficient or desirable. If we can produce safe, superior, sustainable products at a lower price (and higher margins), those products will win in a free marketplace. Economics are on the side of humane, clean, animal-free products. Animal skins and fur were a necessity for our ancestors when they migrated to unfriendly climates.

Vitro Labs and the Clean Fur of the Future

But that is no longer the case. Much as Canada Goose would like to convince consumers that fur from animals is essential to survival in harsh conditions, it’s simply untrue. Today we have the technology to produce warm synthetic furs. These synthetic offerings are so great that the world’s best designers, including Gucci, Michael Kors, Jimmy Choo, Armani, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, and a host of other fashion labels refuse to work with animal fur, opting for faux instead. And in the future. we will undoubtedly be using cellular agriculture to create “clean fur” that is animal and cruelty free, but also fully biodegradable.

Companies like Modern Meadow are hard at work on clean leather, but clean fur can’t be far away. There is already at least one startup in this space. Vitro Labs is currently hard at work on BioFur, an animal-free 3-D printed fur product created using stem cells.

The technologies that will help replace animal agriculture are growing exponentially. It’s high time for the nations of the world to abandon the archaic practice of killing animals for their fur, and I’m happy to see Norway leading the way amongst the Nordic nations. Such an ugly business as factory fur farms should have nothing to do with beautiful fashion.

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