During the rule of the United Right, the so-called high five for animals. Now the politicians of the new majority have a bill on the ban on fur farming. It assumes a ban on the creation of new farms from 2025 and the closure of existing ones by 2029. There are also provisions on the payment of compensation and severance pay for employees. Breeders do not want compensation and demand that the ban come into force in a dozen or so years.
Małgorzata Tracz from the Civic Coalition wants a ban on fur farming. The bill is already ready. On Monday, it was discussed at a meeting of the parliamentary team, and it is to be submitted to the marshal in the coming months. It assumes a ban on the creation of new farms from 2025 and the closure of existing ones by 2029. There are also provisions on the payment of compensation and severance pay to employees. The cost to the budget over five years is PLN 140 million. – It is often said that this is an important branch of the economy, but in fact it is eight ten thousandths of a percent of GDP – notes Małgorzata Tracz from the Green Party.
– As for the act itself and any assumptions of this act, we are categorically “no” – emphasizes Szczepan Wójcik, fur breeder and president of the Institute of Agricultural Economy. Breeders – as of today – are not interested in any compensation. – We will pay compensation ourselves. By breeding. If you allow us to breed for, say, 15 years. We don’t want any money from the state and we will manage on our own, says Daniel Chmielewski, president of the Polish Association of Fur Breeders.
The justification for the act states, among other things, that such farms harm the environment and pose an epidemiological threat. – The team hosted residents of villages located near such farms and it is a huge nuisance for them, because they cause, for example, odor – notes Dorota Olko from the Razem party.
A question about the majority
However, the most difficult argument to refute is that animals suffer on such farms and fur farming is unethical. – We are talking about systemic animal abuse here, where animals are locked in very small cages for their entire lives and killed in a way that also causes enormous suffering – emphasizes Cezary Wyszyński from the International Animal Movement Foundation – Viva!.
It is certain that the bill in this form will be submitted to the Sejm. Another key question is whether the ruling coalition will be unanimous on this matter. Some members of the PSL and Civic Coalition may oppose it. PiS avoids declarations. – If this were our initiative, we would try to talk to everyone to organize a majority – assures Zbigniew Kuźmiuk, PiS MP. PiS has already sought a majority to ban fur farming – in the so-called five for animals. The project then collapsed. Today, not everyone says “no”, but it all depends on the details.
Main photo source: “Open Cages” Association