Fur Ban Fails in Norway, but Mixed Poll Results on Fur's Popularity

In June, Norway’s Socialist Party failed in its efforts to push a ban on fur farming through that country’s parliament.

The proposal went down in flames with only 10 percent of MPs voting in favor of the ban. This is not surprising since a poll conducted by Norwegian polling company Sentia-Norsk Statistikk found that Norwegians supported fur farming by more than a 2-1 margin.

The poll found similar results among rural and urban areas, but found a decided gap in age that could spell long-term problems for the industry in Norway. Among people 30 and under, 53 percent supported a ban on fur farming.

Sources:

Vast majority supports fur industry. Aftenposten, May 5, 2003.

Norwegian Fur Farmers’ Future Assured. Press Release, Fur Commission USA, June 6, 2003.

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