Show Your Support for the Fur Farming Ban in Flanders

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The Government of Flanders in Belgium is currently discussing the fur farming ban. This is a great opportunity to save tens of thousands of animals from lives of suffering, misery and painful deaths. Over 160.000 mink are killed for their fur in the Flanders every year.

Your help is urgently needed.

Please email the Belgian ambassador in your country, informing him of your objection to fur farming and of your support for a ban on the cruel practice of fur farming in Flanders.

Please email the Belgian ambassador in Croatia (Mr. Philippe Benoit) at this email address: zagreb@diplobel.fed.be

If you're writing from some other country, please check the name and contact of Belgian ambassador in your country.

Below is a template for you to use if needed. You copy and paste it in your email, but feel free to write an e-mail in your own words as well. Don't forget to forward us any responses!

Template:

To: His Excellency Mr. [name ambassador]

I , resident of [city, country], understand that the Governments of Wallonia and Brussels have decided to ban fur farming. Now it is time for Flanders to follow this lead. I am glad to see that the Government of Flanders is currently taking similar steps by considering a fur farming ban.

The suffering of mink and fox held in fur factory farms has been scientifically and comprehensively exposed in the Case Against Fur Factory Farming report unveiled at the European Parliament late last year. An in-depth scientific analysis, the report concludes: "It is impossible for the needs of mink and foxes to be met by the fur industry. A ban is the only viable solution to the serious welfare concerns highlighted in this report."

I understood that the Government of Flanders is currently considering two scenarios to end fur factory farming – either an effective ban starting from 2017 or a phase-out period meaning a prolonged period of unnecessary pain, suffering and distress.

However glad I am that fur factory farming will end in Flanders, I urge you to decide for an effective ban in 2017 and avoid the needless continuation of extreme animal suffering. I trust the Flemish Government is willing and able to provide a fair compensation for such a small-sized industry.

Fur factory farming has already been banned in the UK, the Netherlands, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Macedonia.

As a compassionate citizen I urge you and your Government to join the many other countries that have come to the conclusion that fur factory farming is not compatible with a modern, compassionate society and to ban this cruel practice.

Yours faithfully,
[Your name]

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