A striking example of a not so obvious type of animal discrimination is the national regulation that was put into effect on 14th February 1995. That's when the Dutch House of Representatives seconded the motion of the then Minister of Agriculture to ban fox rearing. Although this is a joyous fact, we think it strange that not the entire fur farms trade was banned. Eighty-five percent of the fur industry's skins come from animals living captive on fur factory farms. The minister thinks that animals may be held in captivity, as long as their well being is sufficiently guaranteed.
After a lot of research, foxes appeared unsuitable to be held in captivity. And also
with minks in captivity researchers established serious welfare
problems, but it is thought that their well being may
be "improved". The minister decided therefore
to permanently legalize mink rearing.