The Czech Republic Makes Fur Farming Illegal


In landmark news, the Czech Republic has vowed to ban fur farming. On Friday, the country’s senate voted in favor of a new bill that will make raising animals for the use of their coats illegal. The president of Czech Republic, Milos Zeman, confirmed that the new law will go into practice as soon as 2019.

Efforts to go fur-free have been gaining traction in the fashion industry over the past few years. Individual designers, major fashion houses, and big name brands have collectively embraced eco and ethical environmentalism in more ways than one. In May 2017, it was announced that VF Cooperation—the parent company of American labels like Vans, Wrangler, JanSport, and The North Face—had committed to stop using fur, angora, and leather from endangered species in all of its lines. Just last month, luxury group Yoox Net-A-Porter banned fur from all of its e-commerce sites.

Luxury fashion’s most prevalent cruelty-free designer is Stella McCartney; the British designer has led the way in ethical fashion since she first started her 100% vegetarian and vegan-friendly brand in 2001. Each season, she reveals new efforts to minimize the negative effects of fashion on the environment and animals. Her recent partnership with Parley for the Oceans utilizes a yarn made from recycled ocean plastic and a newer collaboration with Bolt Threads has led to the birth of an innovative new type of silk made from yeast. In Italy, Giorgio Armani was the first designer in the country to go fur-free in March 2016.

Czech Republic is a small country, but its milestone ban is an important indicator as to where the future of fur lies in fashion. The news is also likely to add pressure to policy-makers in countries where fur farming is still legal. Already, five other European countries are reportedly adding a parliamentary debate on the topic to their agenda. Fur farming is currently illegal in the United Kingdom. Austria, Croatia, Slovenia, and the Netherlands. It’s hoped that partial bans in Denmark, Hungary, and Germany will help to dissolve the fur industry further.


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