A EUROPEAN government has made a dramatic U-turn over a planned fur farm ban.
The parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina said the ban was unjustifiable and the decision was greeted with relief by the country’s fur industry.
MPs said the ban, which had been due to come into force next year (2018), will now by postponed until 2028 and then will only take effect when jobs and compensation can be found for those affected.
Bosnian MP Predrag Kozul said the ruling would keep Bosnia in line with most European Union countries where fur farming is legal.
He said: “Even when EU countries do introduce a ban, they ensure a long adaptation periods and a large compensation to the farmers.”
The move comes after opponents of the ban argued that several companies would have to close down and employees would lose their jobs.
Fellow MP Mario Karamatic had tried to postpone the ban last year but the move triggered a protest by activists in front of parliament and he was unsuccessful.
At the time, Karamatic named the same reasons as Kozul, saying that some 200 families in the country are engaged in the fur business, generating two million euros for the country ’s economy annually.
The anti-fur farming law, which was passed in 2009, was overturned using an urgent parliamentary procedure.
The decision on April 20 was met with fury by activists who said the move was unjustifiable.
They insisted they will flout the law in a bid to close fur farms down.
Maida Sebata from the Coalition without Fur said: “We will only stop when the last fur farm is closed down, regardless of the laws.
“There was no justification for this law to be discussed under an urgent procedure, or for another extension of 10 years to appease a small number of fur producers, who had more than enough time to adapt to the ban.”