Majority of Finns oppose current fur farming practices

Taija Rinne

Communications Manager

Opinion polls in Europe show that the majority of citizens in surveyed countries are against fur farming.

According to a Taloustutkimus* survey, 69 per cent of Finns oppose current fur farming and 30 per cent would ban fur farming completely. Only 17 per cent are in favour of allowing the production of fur to continue without new restrictions. This figure is nearly 10 percentage points lower than in a survey commissioned by the agricultural newspaper Maaseudun tulevaisuus in 2012.

Thirty-nine per cent of the respondents said that fur farming should only be allowed to continue if the animals are given considerably more space and possibilities to species-appropriate behaviour. For foxes this would, for example, mean the possibility to dig, and for mink, the possibility to swim.

According to the survey, 30 per cent of Finns want to ban fur farming completely with a transitional period. This is 12 per centage points higher than in 2012. In total, 69 per cent of Finns support either a complete ban or significant changes in fur farming practices.

Women and young people are particularly opposed to fur farming 

The survey revealed that 77 per cent of women interviewed oppose fur farming in its current form. This view was shared by 77 per cent of 25-35 year olds interviewed.

“Only 10 per cent of women would allow fur farming to continue without any changes. For 25-35 year olds, the number is even lower, at 9 per cent. Finland’s new government should now take into account the public opinion”, says Animalia’s campaign coordinator Veikka Lahtinen.

In the survey, the opponents of current fur farming encompass both those who would ban fur farming completely and those who would only allow fur farming if the animals were given considerably more space and possibilities for species-appropriate behaviour.

Most EU citizens oppose fur farming

Public attitudes to fur farming have been surveyed in several European countries. For example, 78 per cent of the population in Sweden and 68 per cent in Norway are against fur farming. The most recent data are from Ireland and Greece; in both countries 80 per cent of the population oppose fur farming.

In recent years, fur farming bans and toughening of fur farming legislation have become increasingly widespread in Europe. Most recently, fur farming has been banned in Norway, Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany. In many other countries, such as Poland and Lithuania, proposed legislation to prohibit fur farming is currently being considered. In April 2019, the Norwegian government proposed to ban fur farming and in June 2019 the Fur Farming Prohibition Act was passed in the Norwegian Parliament by a large majority.

The Finnish survey was carried out on behalf of Animalia by Taloustutkimus in November 2018. The survey involved 1,000 Finns.

An infographic showing people's attitudes towards fur farming in several European countries. The infographic will be explained in more detail in the text.

• The Netherlands: 84% think that fur farming is not acceptable (Motivaction/Bont voor Dieren, 2015). 

• Belgium: 86% support a ban on fur farming (Ipson/GAIA, 2012). 

• Bulgaria: 75% think that fur farming is unacceptable (MBMD, 2018). 

• Ireland: 80% of Irish citizens agree that farming and killing animals for their fur should be banned (Red C Research / ISPCA & Respect for Animals 2018). 

• United Kingdom: 74% think that it is unacceptable to use animals for fur production for the fashion industry (YouGov, Four Paws UK, 2014). 

• Italy: 91% of Italians are against all activities linked to fur production (EURISPES “Italy Report”, 2015). 

• Austria: 81% of Austrians think that killing animals for fur production is wrong (Integral Survey/Four Paws, 2014). 

• Greece: 80% are against the farming and killing of animals for their fur (Metron Analysis/VeGaia, 2018). 

• Croatia: 73% agree that breeding animals for fur should be legally banned in Croatia. (SPEM Communication Group, Animal Friends Croatia, 2006). 

• Latvia: 64% do not support breeding and killing animals for fur (SolidData/Dzīvnieku brīvība, 2015). 

• Lithuania: 67% think that breeding and killing of animals for their fur is unacceptable (Vilmorus, Tušti narvai, 2016). 

• Norway: 68% say that fur farming is wrong (Infact/Dyrevernalliansen 2014). 

• Poland: 66% think that the breeding of foxes, raccoon dogs, and minks for their fur should not be allowed. Among people aged 18-35 years, 70 per cent support a ban on fur farming. (Instytut Badań Rynkowych i Społecznych (IBRiS) Homo Homini/Otwarte Klatki, 2015). 

• France: 51% think that the breeding of animals for fur should end (Ipsos/OneVoice, 2017). 

• Sweden: 78% of citizens oppose the captive breeding of mink for their fur (Demoskop/Djurens Rätt, 2014). 

• Germany: 86% of Germans consider that killing animals for fur products is wrong (Integral/Four Paws Germany 2014). 

• Slovakia: 69% agree that animals should not be killed for fur (2018). 

• Finland: 69% of Finns do not support current fur farming practices. 30 per cent want to ban fur farming completely. 43 per cent of 25-34 year olds want to ban fur farming completely. (Taloustutkimus/Animalia, 2018). 

• Switzerland: 80% of Swiss citizens think that killing of animals for fur products is wrong (Integral/Four Paws 2014). 

• Denmark: 55% of Danes are against the production of fur (YouGov, 2017). 

• Czech Republic: 82% of the Czech population do not agree with killing animals for fur (the Czech public opinion research centre Centre pro výzkum veřejného mínění, CVVM/Svoboda Zvirat, 2017).  

• Ukraine: 55% think that animals should not be killed for fur (tGfK Ukraine 2018).  

• Estonia: 69% of the Estonian population disapprove of the raising and killing of wild animals for fur (National omnibus survey by Kantar Emor/LOOMUS, 2016). 

*Taloustutkimus is an independent market research company.

Translation: Johanna Koskinen.

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