The last German mink farm in North Rhine-Westphalia, Rahden has ceased operations. "In the cages of the plant, no more animals," says Fabian Steinecke, press spokesman for the German animal protection office, which published the news of the cleared area on Wednesday. In January, the approximately 4000 animals and their living conditions had been filmed in the "last existing fur farm in Germany," by a drone. In the Film animals in decrepit cages, the facility looks dirty and neglected.
Also, the competent authorities confirm that currently no more animals are on the premises. In one of the regular inspections of the operation had been concluded, "that there is currently no animals are kept on the mink farm in Rahden," says Sabine without worry, a spokesperson of the district of Minden - Lübbecke. A logoff of the animal husbandry is not spent, however. And: "by the year 2022, the operator has an attitude of permission." This was not be reached on Wednesday for comment. The Central Association of German fur breeders based in Melle, Germany is on the phone is logged off completely.
transition period applies until the year 2022
Since September 2017, the so - called animal products-trade prohibition act is valid in Germany. Since then, the commercial fur animal husbandry is only possible if the operator complies with rigid requirements as to the keeping of animals. "Since this tightening was Entertained of fur farms in Germany, the de facto unprofitable," says Stein corner. Because of the stricter legislation was an interference in the occupational freedom of the fur animal holder and their economic Survival is threatened, has been granted, for existing installations a transitional period of five years. "This also applies to the operation in Rahden," says Sabine without a care – until the year 2022.
For the animal protection office, based in Berlin, it looks as if the "fur production" was set in Rahden final. For that talk especially that valuable breeding animals were not found in the plant. Typically, the most animals for the production of fur would be killed, the best for breeding and held back. Many of the world's fur farms are in the far East, Finland and Poland. They have in common is that the animals are kept in tiny cages, in which you mostly not even possible to turn around. There they were fattened up. After a few months of life, the foxes, raccoons, rabbits and Minks are killed, you peel the skin. The Rest of the animals finds no further use.
Real furs are sometimes cheaper than faux fur
"The skins of tortured animals to be processed for fur, and also in Germany in great quantities, mainly as accessories to Jackets and hats sold," explains Fabian stone corner. Many consumers don't know that you can buy fur because the prices are now for real skins cheaper than faux fur. Some fashion companies have for years not fur fashion in the program, including Armani, Esprit, Gucci, Gerry Weber and Marc O'polo. The situation is different with Louis Vuitton, Fendi and Escada.
The German fur Institute makes against synthetic fibers, mobile
"fur is a natural," yet always self-aware of the Online presence of the German fur Institute, the power against faux fur mobile. This would be finally made on the Basis of fossil fuels, synthetic fibers, rivers and seas polluted. "Together with other plastic garbage art, furs end up in landfills, where they store forever, and due to the lack of biological degradability poison our environment," is the ideological attack in the fight against the "Fake Fur", fake fur. As always, the fight goes out – in Rahden are expected to have no more animals you let live in order to be fashion.