Animal activists and conservationists were celebrating as Croatia announced its full and complete ban on fur farms, in effect from January the 1st 2017 after a 10 year long phase out period.
One of the main animals used in the fur trade has been the chinchilla and PETA revealed some disturbing footage taken from a fur farm which has been kindly fronted by Sharon Osbourne.
Chinchillas used to live in their thousands in South America, but the wild cousins were hunted to near extinction leaving only domestic bred chinchillas on farms, bred for both the pet and fur trade. These docile chinchillas have been interbred for temperament and to create even softer coats than their natural family members.
The chinchilla’s wild cousin originates from the Andes in South America, where their thick fur allows them to survive cold mountain temperatures. Sadly, that same fur has led to millions of them being killed so that humans can turn their skins into coats, scarves and throws.
Conservationists are happy to see Croatia make such a step forward in animal welfare, as the artificial conditions animals are kept in are far from their natural environment. There are reports of a lack of vet care at these farms, where owners have confessed to amputating and splinting limbs themselves. On many fur farms, animals suffer from painful seizures after being electrocuted or their necks are broken while they’re still conscious.