13 December 2010

Norway becomes first country to ban fur for 'Fashion Week' event


The city that hosts the Nobel Peace Prize every year is taking a step toward making it a more peaceful world for animals. There will be no fur on the catwalk at Oslo’s Fashion Week next February, making Norway the first country to enact such a ban for the event.

The ban was a response to a massive candlelight vigil protesting fur last November by The Norwegian animal rights group NOAH. The organization also collected signatures from more than 200 designers, models, photographers and other members of the Norwegian fashion industry who refuse to work with fur.

“It has been a very natural choice for us,” says Paul Vasbotten, general manager of the Oslo Fashion Week. “We are doing this in order to increase ethical values in fashion.”

One of Norway’s top designers Fam Ivoll, who has been a NOAH-member and active fur-opponent since the age of 14, is also a supporter of the ban.

Last November Norwegians were shocked when graphic images of caged, sick and injured animals held in fur farms were broadcast on local TV. Several political parties demanded that the fur farms be shut down. The current government has warned the fur farms they must improve conditions for the animals or face sanctions. The farms have six months to comply.

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20 comments:

  1. Do they use squab in their designs?

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  2. I am proud to be Norwegian regarding this ban! I participated in the candlelight vigil protest in Oslo in November. It was an amazing experience!!

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  3. Way to go Norway, my hat's off to you. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Huge statement by banning the barbaric fur trade. Bravo!

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  4. Living in Norway and working with NOAH on elephant issues, this is very i welcome news! But, I must say that I have never seen so much fur on so many people as is evident this year. Young and old here are out in fur. I hope that this move by designers will trickle down to changing the behaviour of consumers. Joyce Poole

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  5. One very big step towards freedom.Animals´freedom to roam and die in their natural habitats!Thank you Norway!!

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  6. Absolutely wonderful. Having recently learned of the immense and unnecessary cruelty in the fur industry, this is a very comforting step forward. Let's hope other countries start getting with the new times and follow Norway's great decision and stance. Congratulations and thank you.

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  7. That's great - I hope many countries will follow!

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  8. This is Wonderful news and I hope the rest of the World follow in Norways footsteps,and end this barbaric practice,Blanket ban across the globe.
    One huge step for the animals xo

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  9. Hooray, well done Norway! I hope other countries follow your wonderful lead!

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  10. Glad to ban fur for Fashion. It is now thought of as crude and out of touch; the woman that wears fur nowadays.

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  11. Siri Martinsen12/15/10, 7:27 AM

    Thank you for presenting this issue! However, may I ask you to PLEASE correct one mistake: Designer Fam Irvoll has never used fur! On the contrary, she has been a NOAH-member and active fur-opponent since the age of 14...

    Yours sincerely Siri Martinsen, director of NOAH

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  12. Siri - - Thank you for the information. The article has been updated.

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  13. Now if they'd just stop murdering whales.

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  14. Now can Norway stop murdering whales?

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  15. GREAT!... i hope there not the last country to change. ps, before funding any charity. visit, MRMCMED.ORG (reform march of dimes.org) then humaneseal.org

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  16. Fantastic, way to go!! All they need now is stop being one of the only four countries in the world to slaughter whales and sell their meat to the Japanese.

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  17. Bravo, Fam Irvoll and NOAH!
    This is, indeed, inspiring news.

    Dr. S. Chinny Krishna
    Vice Chairman
    Animal Welfare Board of India
    Ministry of Environment & Forests
    Government of India

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  18. Well done Norway! Now please extend your kindness to the whales and stop killing them!

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  19. this is so fantastic! hopefully more countries will follow.

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  20. Siri Martinsen1/15/11, 4:51 PM

    Thank you for presenting this issue! However, may I ask you to PLEASE correct one mistake: Designer Fam Irvoll has never used fur! On the contrary, she has been a NOAH-member and active fur-opponent since the age of 14...

    Yours sincerely Siri Martinsen, director of NOAH

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