Ban fur farming in Romania
Romania is one of the few remaining EU member states where the keeping of animals for fur is still permitted. Although the industry has been in decline, two large mink farms and around a dozen chinchilla farms still operate, producing approximately 100,000 mink and 15,000 chinchilla pelts annually.
In 2022, an investigation by Humane Society International revealed the harsh reality of Romanian chinchilla farms, where thousands of chinchillas, including babies, live in small, filthy cages with wire mesh flooring. Farmers fit breeding females with stiff neck braces and force them into a cycle of almost perpetual pregnancy. Animals who are not used in the breeding cycle or those who fail to produce babies are killed by neck breaking, electrocution or in improvised gas chambers before being skinned. All for the sake of fur fashion. The conditions in mink farms do not differ.
Following HSI’s investigation, the Romanian Parliament started discussions on a ban on farming minks and chinchillas for their fur. The bill was adopted by the Senate but is currently held up in the committees of the lower chamber.
Please help us close all fur farms by signing a letter to the members of the Romanian Parliament in the Chamber of Deputies and the Romanian Prime Minister, with a request to prioritize the adoption of the ban on fur farming.