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Finland says no to fur-farming ban

YLE NewsEye on the Arctic

The Finnish Parliament has rejected a proposed ban on fur farming, as expected. The bill was historic in that it was the first ever brought before the legislature by a grassroots civic movement.

Parliament was obliged to consider the ban after a petition gathered more than the required 50,000 signatures.

MPs voted against the proposal by a margin of 146 to 36.

Later this year Parliament is expected to consider a second such civic proposal, this time on same-sex marriage. That one is considered to bring a closer vote.

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