In July People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals activist Pamela Anderson sent a letter to Swedish Prime Minister Goeran Persson urging Persson to ban fur farming in Sweden.
In her letter< Anderson wrote,
You should know that many people in the world look up to Sweden. Banning the fur industry will strengthen Sweden’s reputation further.
. . .
I am impressed by how far Sweden has come when it comes to gender equality, justice in society and environmental work. I also know that many people in your country are opposed to the fur industry. Stopping this terrible practice is therefore a natural step for Sweden.
Persson’s Social Democrat Party voted in 2001 to support a ban on fur farming, but a government study in October 2003 recommended giving fur farmers until at least 2010 to come into compliance with animal welfare laws in Sweden before considering a ban.
Pamela fights to ban fur farming. Agence-France Presse, July 4, 2004.
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