France minister Barbara Pompili announced that mink fur farming will be banned in the country with the last remaining fur farms ordered to shut by 2025. Along with mink farms, the use of wild animals such as lions, tigers, elephants won’t be allowed travelling circuses as well as the breeding of dolphins and orcas.
The country’s three dolphinariums will also no longer be able to breed or bring in new dolphins or killer whales. “It is time that our ancestral fascination with these wild beings no longer means they end up in captivity,” Pompili added.
The minister did not set any particular date for the ban on travelling circuses but said that the process will start “as soon as possible.” She also promised solutions will be found for each animal “on a case-by-case basis.” The French government will implement an 8 million-euro ($9.2 million) package to help people working in circuses and marine parks find other jobs.
Nous annonçons :
-la fin progressive de la faune sauvage dans les cirques itinérants
-la fin de la présence d’orques et dauphins dans des delphinariums inadaptés
-la fin des élevages de visons pour leur fourrure
-le soutien aux zoos qui améliorent leurs conditions de détention pic.twitter.com/AFObeFm6me
— Barbara Pompili (@barbarapompili) September 29, 2020