Survey: most Finns are against fur farming in its current form

Two new surveys show changing attitudes in Finland towards the practice of raising wild animals for their fur.

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Two young animals in a cage on a fur farm in Ostrobothnia / Credit: Kristo Muurimaa, Oikeutta Elaimille

Two new surveys carried out by animal welfare groups highlights the Finnish public’s changing attitudes to fur farming.

The practice of ‘factory farming’ mammals for their fur – including foxes, Arctic foxes and raccoon dogs – has drawn international criticism for over poor treatment of animals.

The surveys, for Animalia and Justice for Animals Oikeutta eläimille shows that 74% of Finns are against fur farming in its current form – that’s up 5% from a year ago.

Some 36% of people say the would ban fur farming completely – up 6% since 2018 – and only 15% of Finns support fur farming in its current form.

“This is a shocking result that politicians need to look at. The vast majority of Finns do not approve of fur farming in its current form. For example, 38% of respondents would allow ranching to continue only if the animals are offered significantly more space and opportunities to perform their species-specific behavior” says Keidi Kivekäs, Animalia’s Executive Director.

“Finns do not want our country to remain the last country in Europe where animals are bred and killed solely for their fur” she adds.