One of Poland's most influential politicians has publicly announced that he is against fur farming.
Jarosław Kaczyński is Poland's former Prime Minister - and current leader of the right-wing Law and Justice party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwość) - currently the largest party in the country's parliament.
The politician spoke on camera with animal rights charity Viva! Poland about fur farming.
Poland is the second biggest country in the world when it comes to killing animals for fur – around 10 million animals a year.
The Polish Parliament is currently considering a bill to ban fur farms.
A spokesperson for Viva! told PBN that Kaczyński's conversation with the charity is hugely significant - and 'all over national Polish media at the moment'.
Speaking on camera, Kaczyński said: "Banning fur farming in Poland is, a matter of attitude towards animals, a matter of, you might say, good heart - heart for animals, mercy for animals.
"And I believe every decent person should have this kind of trait.
"Secondly, it is also a matter of protecting people who suffer because of the stench and foul odor.
"It is simply destructive to their wellbeing to create these farms, and later the consequences are horrible for those people living nearby."
He added: "And there is one more reason at last. Namely, we often speak about European norms, about Europeanization of Poland.
"This is the way toward true Europeanization, since in Europe this kind of business is being banned.
"Hence the owners move their farms to Poland.
"It should be unacceptable. We cannot be a second class country.
"We need to be a truly European country and that's the right step towards it."
Kaczyński spoke about the Opposition (Civic Platform) saying he knew there used to a number of 'animal defenders' in the group.
He said he hoped these members would vote with their conscience - rather than along party lines.
He added: "That might have been the only quality of that party that I liked.
"What it's like today I'm not sure, but I do hope most of these animal defenders will be able to say 'yes', even if the party leadership pressures them to do otherwise."
Maria is the head of written content for Plant Based News. Also a former magazine editor, newspaper reporter, and features writer. Her writing has been published by The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and various regional newspapers, as well as Vegan Life magazine and Vegan Trade Journal. She has interviewed a huge range of people, from Prime Ministers to authors, activists, pop stars and actors, and enjoys the varied range of topics writing for PBN allows her to tackle. You can follow her on Twitter @MariaChiorando and Instagram @mariachiorando.
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