Animal welfare is an important subject of discussion, receiving
more attention than ever before from the media, consumers and
politicians. Organisations which look after the needs of animals
are increasing in numbers and yet each organisation has a different
There is every reason to question these organisations, as some
of them use false documentation and emotional propaganda to exploit
the animal welfare concept - especially relating to the fur trade.
In order to promote a bigger, hidden agenda as to so-called ethical
veganism. Animal rights organisations, in particular, are often
cause for concern.
Contrary to organisations involved with animal protection, such
as the Danish Animal Welfare Society (Dyrenes Beskyttelse), who
accept live stock farming provided it is undertaken with due regard
and respect for animal welfare, the animal rights groups argue in
favour of a society that refrains from using animals or materials
derived from animals altogether. Such as eggs, milk, yoghurt,
leather, wool, insulin and cosmetics. Vegans are also opposed to
pets. Of course, every individual has the right to choose not to
wear silk or to eat meatballs. Likewise, every individual also has
the right to choose these products. However, the animal rights
groups are actually depriving people of their right to choose if
they want to use products deriving from animals or not.
The idea of animal rights organisations originates from the book
"Animal Liberation" (1975), written by the Australian ethics
philosopher Peter Singer. The foundation of the philosophy builds
on the assumption that animals and people have the same value, and
consequently animals and people are to be treated equally and enjoy
the same rights. Every time an animal is slaughtered in, for
instance, food production, it is comparable with the killing of a
man. Because according to animal rights activists, the law - the
legal rights - is equal for animals and people.
In Denmark, veganism is represented by the animal rights group
Anima. Three of the founders of Anima were sentenced to terms of
imprisonment of between five months and one year and nine months
for politically motivated vandalism, including arson, for the
purpose of stopping live stock production in Denmark.
Even though Kopenhagen Fur has its historical roots in the
Danish cooperative movement and agrees with all fundamental
democratic principles - including the freedom of speech - the fur
trade is, of course, strongly opposed to this type of propaganda
and adverse behaviour coming from the animal rights groups.
Animal welfare and animal protection are an ongoing priority at
Kopenhagen Fur. In fact, the documentation of animal welfare in
Danish fur farming is probably the most thorough in the whole
world. Furthermore, Danish fur breeders adhere to animal welfare
models based on measurable, biological research on the needs of the