Ruling party plans to ban fur farming, use of animals for entertainment

PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński said Poland needs new animal protection legislation, and voiced hope for the bill's support above political divisions. Tomasz Gzell/PAP

Poland's ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) plans to file a bill banning fur farming and the use of animals for entertainment purposes. The legislation is to go to the Sejm (lower house) still this week.

Earlier on Tuesday, PiS leader Jarosław Kaczyński said Poland needs new animal protection legislation, and voiced hope for the bill's support above political divisions. He added that the proposed laws were motivated by humanitarian considerations, and strove to raise animal protection in Poland to western-European standards.

The new laws ban fur farming with the exception of rabbits, and all use of animals for entertainment, including their use in circuses. Also foreseen is the stricter control of animal shelters and the establishment of a council for animal affairs under the agriculture minister.