The Greens are introducing a bill banning the breeding of animals for fur

The draft provides for a definitive ban on the breeding of animals for fur from January 1, 2027. From the date of entry into force of the law, the establishment of new fur farms would be prohibited. The breeding ban only applies to animals bred for fur animals, not animals bred for consumption.

The project also provides for the establishment of a compensation system for breeders who have to end their rearing or breeding. The system will be based on a degressive fee calculation method that will encourage a faster closing of the business. In the first year of the ban, the compensation would be 50% of the average income in 2019-20221, in the following years: 40%, 30%, 20% and 10%.

The project also provides for the granting of the right to a severance payment of six months’ wages to fur farm workers who will lose their jobs due to the liquidation of the farm or farm.

– What we have based on the experience of previous animal protection projects, on the analysis of the legislation of other EU countries in this area and on the data from ministries on the number of farms and financial matters. This project is very solid and perfectly prepared – she added Malgorzata TraczMember of the Polish Parliament and project applicant

The bill is being introduced by the Greens with the support of deputies and deputies from various parliamentary clubs and circles in the Sejm and members of the Friends of Animals Parliamentary Group. The Greens are encouraging all MPs to sign the bill and support it in the Sejm.

– We are in such a situation that this project has a high probability of broad support from paralentists and parliamentarians. We have strong public support for the fur farming ban, we have movements at EU level to ban fur farming across the European Union, and the great crisis of the fur industry. Our project is an opportunity for small breeders to switch industries. All this means that there is no better time to ban animal breeding for fur than now – she concluded Malgorzata TraczMember of the Polish Parliament and project applicant.

– As the leader of the Green Party, I am proud and very happy that we are keeping our election promises as the Greens. This project to ban animal breeding for fur was one of our election pledges in 2019, taking us to the Sejm. We keep our word! – she said Urszula ZielinskaMember of the Polish Parliament and Chairman of the Green Party.

– The proposals presented in our project are more beneficial than those written in the so-called “Five for Animals” by Jarosław Kaczyński. We encourage our colleagues from other groups to support this project. It is also an opportunity to erase this bad impression and disappointment caused by the dullness of the project presented by Law and Justice – said Tomasz AnickoMember of Parliament of the Green Party, active in the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development.

– The project we are presenting assumes that it will enter into force 14 days after the adoption of the law. From that moment on it is no longer possible to establish new companies or to increase the stocking density on existing farms. Ultimately, the farms will close on January 1, 2027. We have devised solutions to compensate breeders for ceasing their activity. They will be able to claim compensation from the Treasury. We have considered a degressive compensation system that encourages the earliest possible liquidation of farms and a severance pay system for farm workers – said the patron Angelika Kimbortlegal adviser and representative of the association Otwarte Klatki.

– 10 years ago, as the Open Cages Association, we published the first photos showing what the reality of animals on fur farms all over Poland looks like. We have a lot of evidence that such breeding cannot be managed humanely. During these 10 years we have had dozens or even hundreds of protests from other rural communities who do not want to live near fur farms. It is associated with tremendous odor, soil, water and air pollution – he said Paweł Rawicki of the Open Cages association.

– Three weeks ago a citizens’ initiative was launched to ban the breeding of animals for fur across the EU and the introduction of products made from animal fur. Currently, the fur industry is in crisis, as seen on fur auctions, most products remain unsold, she said Malwina Malinovsky from the International Movement for Animals Foundation – Viva!

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