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Help raise awareness about animal rights in Sweden

by Djurens Ratt
Help raise awareness about animal rights in Sweden
Help raise awareness about animal rights in Sweden
Help raise awareness about animal rights in Sweden
Help raise awareness about animal rights in Sweden
Help raise awareness about animal rights in Sweden
Help raise awareness about animal rights in Sweden
Help raise awareness about animal rights in Sweden
Help raise awareness about animal rights in Sweden

This week is a crucial moment in the fight for the minks. During 2018 the Swedish Board of Agriculture has investigated the animal welfare situation for minks in the Swedish fur industry and the final report will be handed over to the Swedish government this Friday, January 11. During the time of the investigation, Djurens Rätt has worked with creating and strengthen the public opinion against fur farming with our campaign the Fur Free Pledge. Our goal is an end to mink farming and we hope that the investigation recommends the government to proceed with that action for the minks.

On Tuesday, January 15, Djurens Rätt will arrange a press event taking place outside the parliament building. Together with politicians and hopefully journalists we will call attention to the investigation and the issue. We will communicate the urgency of ending mink farming and the strong opinion among people in Sweden. Over 50 000 people so far have taken the Fur Free Pledge and 20 000 of them were during the summer tour. Now it is time to hear the investigation results and then see from what position we continue working for the minks. If you further want to read about how we are progressing, please check our website next week: www.djurensratt.se

We have worked hard for the minks this year and the summer tour has been an important way for us to spread the message about the issue. By meeting thousands of people we know that we make a difference. Talking with people is the summer tours number one activism strategy.

Now we leave 2018 behind and shift our focus to the upcoming summer, which will be the 14th summer tour. We have a lot of work ahead and there is much to be done before the first tour stop in June. Currently we are planning for campaign strategies and which places to visit this summer.

At last we want to thank all of you who have raised funds for our project at Global Giving.  With more resources we will visit more places, print more materials and engage more people to take stand for animal rights.

If you want to make a difference with us, you can donate money for our summer tour. Thank you!

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The 13th summer tour by Djurens Rätt is now finished and we are looking back at a great summer with inspiring meetings, fantastic volunteers joining the tour, great tour stops and hard work for the animals.

This summer we have campaigned for a ban on fur farming in Sweden. To engage people we have visited a lot of placed and talked to thousands of people from all over Sweden. In total we have been on 72 tour stops around the country. Djurens Rätt has been seen at the largest festivals in Sweden as well as small markets and fairs. After this summer we are enthusiastic to share results and steps we have taken to raise awareness about animal rights around Sweden.

Spreading the message about animal rights

Every summer we have an impact on people by conversations and giving out information about the situation for animals. We spread information leaflets, vegan recipes, our member magazine and other pamphlets. This summer we have handed out close to 11 000 units of materials!

Most of the people spreading the word for animals on the summer tour are volunteers for our organization. Over 70 volunteers committed themselves this summer and have joined one or more tour stops. It is thanks to them that we have been able to do a huge work for the animals this summer as well.

20 000 Fur Free Pledges!

This summer we have campaigned for a ban on fur farming which has been a part of a bigger campaign called the Fur Free Pledge. During the summer tour we have collected 20 000 Fur Free Pledges, which shows a strong commitment for the issue. The vast majority of people we have met are critical to the fact that 1 million minks are killed every year in Sweden to become fur products. Since before we know that the opinion against fur farming in Sweden is strong and it’s high time for the Swedish government to make a big change for the minks. Right now there is an investigation being made on the mink farming in Sweden, the results of which are to be ready in January. We will continue campaigning with the Fur Free Pledge during the time of the investigation and talk to politicians about the issue. We expect to have an impact on the results and our goal is that Sweden next year will announce the beginning of the end to mink farming.

If you want to help us with our goal we would be very thankful.

You can sign our petition on the issue at change.org https://www.change.org/p/ban-fur-farming-in-sweden .

You can also donate to our summer tour and help us do even better summer tour with more resources the coming years.

Aiming for 2019

In conclusion, we are happy that the summer tour 2018 has been successful. This year’s edition is over and has been an important part of our work for animal rights. Now we are aiming for next year and the summer tour 2019.

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Summer Tour at Almedalen
Summer Tour at Almedalen

Halfway there

The work with our summer tour is now halfway through and we are thankful for the meetings, conversations and enthusiasm we have been part of so far. We have visited more than 45 tour stops throughout Sweden and before the tour is over we have another 25 stops to go. Visiting a lot of places and talking to people face to face is the basic idea of the summer tour and our way to spread the message and inspire people towards a cruelty free lifestyle. By talking to people we can influence them towards personal changes, but also towards taking a stand for political issues in animal welfare.

Almedalen - putting animals on the political agenda 

One of our big tour stops was the Almedalen Week at the start of July. Almedalen is an annual event and important forum in Swedish politics where representatives of the major political parties join and there are seminars, speeches and other political activities. Djurens Rätt has been a part of Almedalen since 2010 and this year we were 9 representatives from the organization. We had a lot of visitors stopping by our tent and many chose to become members and to give a Fur Free Pledge (Pälslöftet). We also arranged a veggie mingle with vegan food and talks with politicians and veggie companies. Being a part of Almedalen is important and we ensure that the animal’s voices are heard in the political conversations.

8000 Fur Free Pledges so far!

Our focus during Almedalen and all of our tour stops is the issue regarding fur farming in Sweden. Unlike many other European countries Sweden still has fur farming, even though 8 out of 10 Swedes want to see a ban on this cruel industry. Every year, more than 1 million minks are killed to become fur products. People who meet Djurens Rätt during the summer tour can take a stand for the minks in Sweden by giving a fur free pledge. The fur free pledge means that one promises not to consume fur products and that you support Djurens Rätts work towards a ban on fur farming in Sweden. During the summer we have already collected around 8000 fur free pledges, which shows the strong opinion in the question.

Our next tour stops

Next month we will, among other stops, visit the Way out West festival, Euro Pride Stockholm, Euro Pride Gothenburg, Let’s make love great again festival and Statement festival. We will continue to work hard and raise awareness for the minks in Sweden.

Do you want to help us become a stronger voice for the animals? Donating to the summer tour means we can visit more places and talk to more people.

Together, we make a difference for the animals.

Pink not mink!
Pink not mink!
Another fur free pledge!
Another fur free pledge!
Summer Tour magic
Summer Tour magic
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Djurens Ratt mascot Minkaela
Djurens Ratt mascot Minkaela

Djurens Rätt summer tour 2018 will raise the question about fur farming and create a strong public opinion that aims to reach and influence the Swedish government.

In recent years many countries in Europe have banned fur farming. These decisions have either been due to concerns on animal welfare and ethics or are caused by adopting stricter regulations that cause fur farms to close down. In Sweden, Djurens Rätt has been working against fur farming for many years. Our hard work has led to changes - the keeping of foxes was discontinued in 2001 and chinchilla farming was also discontinued in 2014. But Sweden has still not reached as far as other countries, there are still mink farms in Sweden and around 1 million minks are killed each year for their fur only. 

It is high time for Sweden to join the European countries that have banned fur farming. Our goal is to be part of a ban on mink farming and finally reach the end of this important issue.

To succeed with our big plans we have prepared and invested in our campaign against fur farming, called Pälslöftet (Fur Free Pledge). People who visit us on the summer tour will be able to take a Fur Free Pledge. We have also printed new materials that will be handed over and inform thousands of people throughout Sweden. We will visit around 80 events this summer and along with us we have about 100 volunteers. The summer tour is a huge non-profit project that engages many people who work for animal rights in their free time.

The second weekend in May we are arranging a volunteer training event called “The summer tour kick off”. The people joining our kick off are there to learn more about outreach work and will be animal rights and summer tour experts after the weekend is over. They are an important part of the project - together with them we will work hard this summer to reach changes for the minks in Sweden.

Do you also want to see an end to fur farming? Do you want to support our work? Please make a difference along with us and donate money for our Summer Tour. Thank you!

Mink in a cage. Photo:  Dyrsfrihet/Flickr
Mink in a cage. Photo: Dyrsfrihet/Flickr
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Photo: Katarina Horlin, Tidningen Djurskyddet
Photo: Katarina Horlin, Tidningen Djurskyddet

Update from Djurens Ratts summer tour!

On January 17 Djurens Ratt visited the Swedish Minister of Agriculture, Sven-Eric Bucht, along with three other animal welfare organizations. The meeting was on account of the critized changes in animal welfare prescriptions by the Swedish Board of Agriculture. The meeting started with handing over 127 702 signatures for improved animal welfare for pigs.

The majority of the collected names came from Djurens Ratts campaigns for pigs, and among them 9 447 signatures were collected during the summer tour 2017!

Handing over more than 100 000 signatures is a great manifestation and shows strong engagement for improved animal welfare for pigs. Djurens Ratts work with the petition during the summer tour now  shows concrete results by influencing politicians and this accomplishment is an important step for the animals. The summer tour is a part of the campaign work of Djurens Ratt and we will continue doing important activities for animal rights with the summer tour of 2018.

With that said, we leave 2017 behind and shift our focus to the upcoming summer tour, which is the 13th summer tour for Djurens Ratt. We have a lot of work ahead and there is much to be done before the first tour stop in June. Currently we are planning for campaign strategies and which places to visit this summer. Each summer we visit more than 70 places and these include different festivals, markets and fairs. During these tour stops we work with a specific campaign that is unique every year and that we believe will be efficient in our work for animal rights.

Before ending this report we want to take the opportunity and thank all of you who have donated to our project at Global Giving. With your help we will have the possibility to make this year’s summer tour an even bigger project. With more resources we will go to more places, print more materials and engage more people to take stand for animal rights.

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Djurens Ratt

Location: Stockholm - Sweden
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Moa Ranum
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