Cheers to Italy for voting to permanently ban fur farming. The Senate’s Budget Committee voted to approve the historic decision. Although the decision requires final approval by the Parliament, it is expected to go through. Italy would become the 16th European country to ban fur farming.
Italian officials plan to close the 10 remaining mink fur farms within six months. Although this would mark the first tangible stance the Italian government has taken, many Italian designer brands have already forgone the use of real fur, including Prada, Versace, Valentino, Gucci, Giorgio Armani and Furla, Women’s Wear Daily reports.
The plan received the endorsement of Michela Vittoria Brambilla, a member of the parliament, who has been campaigning for animal welfare in recent years.
“In 30 years of animal rights battle this is the best victory. Finally, a parliamentary vote sanctions the end of unspeakable suffering inflicted on animals only in the name of profit and vanity. Italy is the 20th European country to introduce a ban or severe restriction on fur farming: better late than never,” Brambilla told Women’s Wear Daily.