A majority in Norway’s Parliament voted as expected this week to formally ban fur farming from February 2025. Some Members of Parliament from the government parties reluctantly went along with the ban, which marked a victory for the small Liberal Party.
The Liberals had been agitating for a ban on fur farming for years, following repeated examples of caged mink and other animals living in poor conditions. Many agreed that fur farming is not compatible with acceptable animal welfare.
There are only around 170 fur farms remaining in Norway, and they’re due to receive financial compensation from the state. Several fur farmers and their representatives have been complaining that the compensation is far from adequate, and are threatening lawsuits backed by Norway’s powerful farm lobby and the rural-oriented Center Party.