Response from Italy for ERT: Christian Mavris
The new year will begin with a coveted measure for animal welfare organizations. The Budget Committee of the Italian Senate decided on 1 January to ban the breeding, reproduction and killing of all fur-bearing animals of any kind.
This is a great victory for animal welfare organizations, which was preceded by a letter to Mario Draghi bearing the signatures of many renowned artists.
As La Repubblica points out, in addition to a moral provision, it is also a sanitary measure. Senator De Petris, responsible for the amendment, recalled that in Italy the breeding of mink has been banned since last February due to the risk of transmission of the coronavirus. At the moment there are still 5 farms in operation in Italy, which will be compensated with the amount of 3 million Euros that have been allocated for this purpose.
By June 30, 2022 at the latest, the 7039 mink of the farms located in the regions of Abruzzo, Emilia-Romagna and Lombardy should be released, but in a controlled manner.
The Italian media remind that many years ago otters were introduced in Italy for the production of fur. But when ranchers were forced to close their farms, they released the animals to avoid the cost of slaughter. As a result, the animals multiplied and became a very invasive species in the Italian ecosystem, causing significant damage.
To avoid this mistake again, says Senator De Petris, the amendment provides that the animals will be assigned to specialized animal welfare structures that will provide for their neutering.