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Norway mulls fur farm ban

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Norway mulls fur farm ban
A mink - Phil Johnson
10:52 CEST+02:00
Norway has tasked a new ‘ethical committee' with deciding whether to shut down the country's fur industry, after animal rights activists documented poor treatment of animals on farms.
 
"I think it is absolutely necessary to set up a committee to look into this," said Environment Minister Bård Vegard Solhjell "The revelations of animal cruelty that have appeared regularly in recent years suggest that the industry has used up all its chances. This is the first thorough review that raises the question of whether the industry should be wound up," he told NTB. 
 
Solhjell pointed out that several countries, including The Netherlands, had opted to close down their fur industries. 
 
Ministry of Agriculture believes there are two main options for the industry:  sustainable development or controlled liquidation.
 
The committee will submit its report by 30 June next year. 
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