Human ideology for animals

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 agenda.  

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 animals.