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Millbank Fur Farm Headed to Court April 12 for 14 Animal Cruelty Charges

mink at Millbank Fur FarmFollowing Millbank Fur Farm Ltd.'s request for an adjournment on Nov 21, 2018, the Canadian fur farm is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, April 12, 2019, for a judicial pre-trial hearing for the 14 charges of animal cruelty they are currently facing.

On May 11, 2018, LCA released video and photo evidence from an undercoer investigation that documented disturbing accounts of animal neglect at Millbank Fur Farm, located in Ontario, Canada.

The groundbreaking investigation, which began in 2017 and spanned the course of a year, is the first in-depth undercover investigation in Canada — where more than three million animals are killed annually for their fur. LCA's undercover investigator documented horrific cruelty and gathered evidence revealing the rough handling of animals, sick animals living with open, untreated wounds and infections, spoiled food, and unsanitary living conditions. During the course of the investigation, LCA's investigator never saw a veterinarian on site.

LCA submitted all evidence collected in a complaint to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA), and in February 2018, the OSPCA launched their own investigation into the fur farm. Three months later, they charged Millbank with 14 counts of animal cruelty, stating: "No one is exempt from the law."

If convicted on all charges, Millbank Fur Farm faces fines that could total more than $800,000 and two years in prison per charge or 28 years.

Mike Schreiner, Green Party Leader of Ontario, is presenting a petition — which has garnered more than 37,000 signatures — on behalf of LCA urging the Canadian government to include protections for fur-farmed animals in the OSPCA Act until a complete ban on fur farming is established, which LCA will continue working towards.

LCA is an abolitionist organization and promotes measures to regulate or reform industries only when those changes will alleviate suffering and make progress towards eliminating animal exploitation.

 

Click here to learn more about LCA's investigation into Millbank Fur Farm.

 

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