The Otsuka mink fur farm in Niigata just shut down forever! It was the last fur farm in Japan and kept roughly 2,500 minks.
The Fur Free Alliance (FFA) is an international coalition of 40 animal protection organisations that work to end the fur trade, they wrote, “Mink fur farming in Japan has come to a definite end now that the country’s last remaining fur farm in Niigata has closed its doors,” In 2014 a mink managed to escape from the fur farm and ran for its life, the mink is an invasive species in Japan. The escapes were one of the things that motioned the end of fur farming in Japan. The final fur farm (Otsuka) was actually violating the law by operating without a license as well as endangering native species.
FFA continued, ”In recent years the Otsuka mink farm was repeatedly reported by Animal Rights Center Japan (ARCJ) for operating without a license and violating the Japanese Invasive Alien Species Act of 2006. Now the farm has ended its operations, Japan joins a growing number of countries that are leaving fur farming behind.”
According to ARCJ, it was at the end of World War II when fur farming originally became popular in Japan. There were an estimated 4,000 fur farms at the peak of the industry in Japan.
In 2006 mink fur farming became illegal in Japan, this also dropped the amount of fur important by 80%. It is thanks to this sharp decrease in the popularity of wearing fur that the industry faltered.
This being said, there is more to be done. Japan still imports 1.67 million animal furs from overseas and ARCJ says, “We don’t want any country’s animals to suffer”.
Respect for Animals director, Mark Glover, also told The Dodo, “There is an enormous amount happening with campaigns to end fur farming in numerous countries,”
This fur farm closure is a fantastic win but is just the beginning.
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