Subsidies to Norwegian fur farms removed
The Norwegian government is removing the state subsidies to the Norwegian fur farms. As a result of the negotiations between the government and Norway’s largest farmers’ union, a total of 2.2 million euro is removed in state subsidies for the fur farmers out of 4.9 million euro.
This demonstrates that both the government and the farmers’ association realize that the fur industry is a marginal part of Norwegian agriculture. The tax money of the Norwegian citizens should contribute to the society, and the fur industry isn’t, says Live Kleveland from Dyrevernalliansen.
A 2014 poll by Infact/Dyrevernsalliansen shows that 68 percent of Norwegian citizens think that fur farming is wrong.
The fur industry claim to be the most profitable agricultural sector, but at the same time they claim millions in state subsidies. The Norwegian agricultural sector should rather receive subsidies to produce sustainable food, not to produce luxury products for export, says Kleveland.
The removal of the subsidies will most likely lead to a decrease of the number of fur farms. There are today 262 fur farms in Norway. More than 98 percent of the fur produced in Norway is exported.
This demonstrates that both the government and the farmers’ association realize that the fur industry is a marginal part of Norwegian agriculture.Live Kleveland, Communications manager at Dyrevernalliansen