Italy's Senate Budget Committee voted at the end of 2021 to approve an amendment to the budget law that will close the country's last 10 mink farms within six months and permanently ban fur farming across the country. Italy to close fur farms by mid-year The measures approved by the Italian Senate Budget Committee include: Immediately ban the breeding of fur animals such as mink, fox, raccoon and chinchilla, and close all operating fur farms in Italy until June 30, 2022. The compensation for breeding farmers will be paid by the Ministry of Agriculture Fund in 2022, with a total amount of 3 million euros (approximately NT$93 million). Although the amendment still needs final approval from the full parliament, it is expected to pass without a hitch. By then,
Italy will become the 16th country in Europe to ban fur farming. There are many Italian fashion brands that have moved away from fur, including Armani, Gucci, Prada, Valentino and Versace. Before the budget committee voted on the bill, it had spoken with animal protection group Humane Society International/Europe. In its recent report , "The Distribution and Future Prospects of Ferret Breeding in Italy", the organization proposed a practical wedding photo retouching services strategy to close fur farms and replace them with humane and sustainable businesses. Taking into account the public health risks of animal cruelty and zoonotic infectious diseases involved in fur farming, the European Humane Society International proposed a farm transformation plan, hoping to end fur farming.
Their claim was also supported by Italian senator Michela Vittoria Brambilla, who launched political action for transformation, mobilized public funds, and culminated in a formal amendment by Senator Loredana De Petris . "This is a historic victory for animal protection in Italy," said Martina Pluda, head of the Italian Society for Humaneness International. "In order to dismantle this cruel and dangerous industry, the project of transforming the fur farming industry of the Humane Society of Italy" , very honored to have played an important role. There are very clear economic, environmental, public health and animal welfare reasons for closi