The Norwegian Labour Party commits to a ban on fur farming
With a two-thirds majority, the second largest political party in Norway voted to include the abolishment of the fur industry in their party manifesto during their 2013 Party Congress. They are the third party to do so, and the largest party thus far.
While this stance is not new for the party, the inclusion of a fur ban into the manifesto commits the party to this work for the next four years. The decision of such a large political party to include such a major animal welfare issue in the party manifesto sends a strong message to all the other parties.
The Animal Protection Alliance has been campaigning to end fur farming since its very beginning in 2001, when the fur-debate was practically non-existent in the political world. This year every major political party discussed the fur industry during their Party Congress.
The year 2013 therefore marks a milestone in the history of not only the Animal Protection Alliance, but in the history of Norwegian animal welfare. The fur industry has become a political hot topic, and we are hopeful that this trend will lead to a complete ban on fur farming in Norway.