Greece Rejects Fur Farmers’ Bid to Join Cultural Heritage List

Greece’s Ministry of Culture and Sports has rejected a proposal by the Greek fur industry to include its products in a list of unique cultural phenomena.

According to the Fur Free Alliance, the submission by the Hellenic Fur Federation was dismissed unanimously by the ministry’s Directorate of Modern Cultural Assets and Intangible Cultural Heritage.

It claims that fur production is not in line with UNESCO’s sustainable development goals and is done exclusively for commercial purposes.

In a statement, the directorate said: “This activity, which is based on the killing of animals exclusively for the exploitation of their fur, is not compatible with sustainable development, which is a necessary requirement for a practice to be considered within the scope of the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage UNESCO (2003).”

The Hellenic Fur Federation submitted the proposal for the inclusion of fur production in the National Inventory of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016.