Fur Farming

In the past decade, fur for fashion has surprisingly and worryingly grown by 169%.

Since fur farming was banned across the UK in 2001, it seems the fur and fashion industry has been successful in airbrushing away the realities of the horrific suffering endured by the animals.  There is hope, however, that this will change as the Animal Defenders International (ADI) has spent over seven months investigating 30 fur farms in Finland and launched its Fur Stop campaign.

ADI selected Finland for the investigation because  it is one of the major fur suppliers to the global fashion industry, providing up nearly 42% of the fox and almost 4% of the mink fur utilised by the world’s major fashion houses.

It should be remembered that foxes and mink are wild animals and they retain wild instincts and needs.  In intensive farming environments such as those investigated by ADI, foxes and mink suffer mentally and emotionally.

Fox in a Fur Farm

Foxes Belong in the Wild NOT in Fur Farms

Foxes are naturally secretive, shy animals and in the wild would live below the ground in dens, however, the ADI investigation revealed that these foxes spend their lives in barren cages exposed to humans and other animals with minimum or no enrichment.

Mink are territorial and would naturally spend much of their time in water but the ADI investigation revealed they did not have any access to water – instead, they are left in barren cages unable to express either their swimming or foraging behaviour.

The animals in the Finnish fur farms were found to have problems such as:

  • obvious signs of untreated infection or disease in the eyes, noses and ears;
  • visible gum masses, sometimes entirely engulfing the teeth;
  • open wounds and loss of tails;
  • malformed limbs; and
  • behavioural abnormalities indicative of psychological damage.
Fox in a Fur Farm

Suffering Just so Someone Can Have a Fur Coat

Dilapidated cages had sharp wire and mesh protruding into the animals’ living space and there were empty, unclean and broken water bowls.

Designers and consumers must take responsibility for creating demand for a product that causes millions of animals to suffer and die painfully.

People who wear fur must become more aware of the way in which the product they are wearing is being produced.

Please read the ADI report Bloody Harvest: The Real Cost of Fur or at least visit the Fur Stop web site and help in any way can – thank you.

This ADI campaign helps to show why the Green Party is committed to eliminating the wholesale exploitation of other species, fostering understanding of our inter-relationship in the web of life and protecting and promoting natural habitat.  We are also committed to prohibiting the import, export and sale of all fur, whether wild caught or factory farmed, and ensuring a ban on fur farming in the UK stays in place.  Further details about our animal rights policies can be found here.

David M. Davison

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5 Responses to “Fur Farming”

  1. China also farms animals, such as mink, for the fur market. Jayla Airbrushing

  2. It is estimated that over 2 million dogs and cats are killed each year in China for their fur. Airbrushing Wholesale

  3. The Netherlands has passed legislation which will ban the farming of mink for fur in the Netherlands from in 2024:
    http://www.hsi.org/news/press_releases/2012/12/dutch_mink_fur_farm_ban_121812.html

    David M. Davison

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