Ministry backs ban on fur farming from 2026 in Latvia

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From January 1, 2026, farming animals for the sole purpose of obtaining fur should be banned, according to the amendments to the Animal Protection Law, drafted by the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development (VARAM), to be viewed on Tuesday, January 11.

VARAM said that the Animal Protection Law lays down an obligation to ensure the welfare and protection of animals of all species, including no one is allowed to kill, cause pain, cause suffering or otherwise harm an animal without a justified reason.

In recent years Estonia, France, the Czech Republic, Norway, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Slovakia have joined the ban on fur farming, while active public discussions on the ban are also taking place in Lithuania, Poland, Bulgaria, Ireland, and other countries.

The public consultation on the proposal could start in early 2022. The legislative proposal will build on the scientific recommendations of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The EC intends to present a legislative change proposal by the end of 2023 in order to gradually reduce and ban the holding of different agricultural animals in cages. The EC also plans to consider imports of products from countries outside the EU in order to introduce rules or standards for imported products that would be equivalent to those produced in the EU, said VARAM.

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