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ACtivities & Achievements

#FurFreeEurope: What we've accomplished so far

1/12/2022

FOUR PAWS and the pan-European animal advocacy organization Eurogroup for Animals are convinced that an EU-wide ban on fur farms is overdue. It is an outdated industry for the production of unnecessary, easily replaceable fashion items with dramatic impacts on animal welfare, humans and the environment.

In May 2022, a European Citizen's Initiative was launched to reach 1 million signatures for the EU to take action and discuss the ban of fur farming and the sales of farmed fur.

It's time to ban fur farming for good

What is an ECI?

A European Citizen’s Initiative (or ECI for short) is not simply a 'regular' petition, but a unique and effective way for EU citizens to help shape the future by calling on the European Commission to propose new laws. If an ECI is successful, the European Commission is obliged to respond and act, which means that it is a way for Europeans to take an active part in EU policymaking.

What is a threshold?

To be successful, not only does an ECI need 1 million validated signatures, but it also needs to surpass a certain threshold of signatures in at least seven EU countries. However, even if all thresholds are reached, the collected number of signatures will be below one million. Hence, thresholds can be seen as milestones along the way to collecting even more signatures to reach one million.

Can I sign if I am a US citizen?

Signatures will only be counted if they are from citizens of a European country. Any American with dual citizenship can sign the petition for the specific European country where they hold citizenship. 

However, there are other ways for Americans to help! You can still spread the word about the petition and share with any European friends and family members. You can also share information about the fur industry, and you can be an animal-friendly consumer by reading and sharing our Guide to Animal-Friendly Fashion

Timeline of the activities & achievements

November
Fur ECI action in Vienna

FurFreeFriday

Friday, the 25th November was FurFreeFriday and it was all about the #FurFreeEurope ECI. There were street actions in Bulgaria, Germany and in Austria. In Austria, the responsible minster was present and signed the petition for an EU wide fur ban. Next to that, we had great support from influencers and MEPs who promoted the ECI on their channels. And last but not least, some fashion companies supported us on that special day.

Raccoon dogs in a cage at a fur farm

The support continues

Within a few weeks, the number of signatures has reached to over 600,000 and more and more people join the Fur Free Movement.

Almost halfway there

On 18th November, the birthday of Heli Dungler, the late founder of FOUR PAWS, we look back at exactly six months of fighting for a #FurFreeEurope and celebrate more than 500,000 signatures. We are already halfway to our signature goal of finally banning fur farms and the sales of farmed fur in the EU.We are grateful for all your support. The fight against fur has been linked to FOUR PAWS and has been a core element in all of what we do since the very beginning. Almost 35 years after Heli started, we are trying to ban fur farms for good.

Rescued raccoon dog at TIERART

Transfer of foxes and raccoon dogs to TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary

Until a few weeks ago, Emi, Asami, Skadi, Mala and Samara lived in tiny mesh cages. On a Polish fur farm, they, like millions of animals in the global fur industry, lead miserable lives, waiting to be killed. Thankfully, this fate could be prevented. After being medically cared for, the foxes and racoon dogs are now ready for a new home! At TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary they can spend the rest of their lives in a species-appropriate environment without worries.

October
Raccoon dogs in a cage at a fur farm

A successful month

More and more people sign the ECI. In October, the ECI counts more than 400,000 signatures.
Germany, Slovakia, Bulgaria and Poland have managed to pass the threshold for the essential signatures.
Next to that, investigative footage from chinchilla fur farms in Romania highlights animal suffering and an Intergroup meeting at the EU parliament in Straßbourg on the welfare and conversation of animals took place. 

September

Five months of ECI

Already more than 300,000 people have signed the ECI and Latvia announces the ban on fur farming to come into force in 2028.

August
Raccoon dog in a cage at a fur farm

#FurFreeEurope is getting bigger

Copenhagen Fashion Week banned fur farming in the beginning of the month. While there were no fur farms in the country, Malta has also banned fur farming. The government banned the practice to prevent fur farmers from abroad to open farms in Malta.
The response to the ECI is very positive. The Netherlands are the next country to pass the threshold of needed signatures.

July

Next big steps

Another country has received the required amount of signatures to pass the threshold – Lithuania.
In July, the ECI was signed by more than 200,000 people.

June
Mink in a cage at a fur farm

The signatures are coming in

By end of June, 150,000 people have signed the ECI and more countries in the EU have reached the threshold of necessary signatures. On 23rd June, Sweden offically passed it. 

May

A first milestone

More than 100,000 people have already signed the ECI in the first month of the campaign.

The first month

Finland passes the threshold for required signatures for the European Citizen’s Initiative within a day!
In less than a week, Denmark marks the second European country who passes the threshold. 

#FurFreeEurope

The beginning

On 18th May, a signature collection with an offline event in Brussels and Amsterdam (joint action with other NGOs) was launched. More than 60,000 people signed the ECI in the first 24 hours to highlight that it's time to close fur farming for good! 

Minks at a fur farm

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