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Calling for an End to the Global Fur Farming Industry - 880,457 Petition Signatures Submitted to G20 Leaders

LCA  is part of the Fur Free Alliance (FFA), a global coalition of over 50 animal rights organizations, calling for a worldwide ban on fur farming.

October 21, 2021 -  The FFA handed over 880,457 signatures to the G20 delegation calling for urgent global action to ban fur farming at the G20 summit in Rome, Italy. LCA's petition collected 72,536 of these signatures. G20 leaders are being called on to publicly declare that fur farming must end. Chris DeRose followed up the petition hand-off by writing letters to Hon. Justin Trudeau (link to letter) and Canada's G20 Sherpa (link to letter), urging them to ban fur farming. The letters included a White Paper on fur production and zoonotic disease. LCA and the FFA are calling on all fur-producing countries to take urgent action to shut down this cruel industry. Given the immense animal suffering on fur farms and the threat of virus mutations and animal-to-human transmission, now is the time to end the global fur farming industry. No animal should suffer and die for a piece of fashion. Prior to the G20 meeting, Chris DeRose sent letters to Canada's G20 Sherpa (link to letter) and Minister of Health (link to letter) urging the Government of Canada to start discussions about banning fur farming ahead of the G20 summit in Rome.

 

Ban Fur Farming NOW Before it Causes the Next Global Pandemic!

Each year around the world, almost 100 million animals live and die on fur farms. From the time they are born, until the time they are mercilessly killed, the only thing these animals know is cruelty, pain, and suffering.

Animals such as mink, foxes, raccoon dogs, and chinchillas, live in cramped cages with little room to turn around. Conditions on these farms are filthy and can lead to the spread of diseases, like COVID-19. Severe wounds are often left untreated, and injured animals are left to languish without proper veterinary care until they succumb to illness or injury. If animals survive these horrendous conditions, they face a painful death by gassing or electrocution.

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The Spread of COVID-19 on Mink Fur Farms

Mink and their close relatives, ferrets, are susceptible to COVID-19. Mink can also act as a reservoir for the virus, meaning it is possible for humans to infect mink with COVID-19 and mink in turn can re-infect humans, sometimes picking up mutations along the way. COVID-19 spreads quickly in mink fur farms due to overcrowding and unsanitary conditions. Scientists are worried that a mink-related strain of COVID-19 could possibly make the pandemic worse.

Since April 2020, there have been outbreaks of COVID-19 on over 440 mink fur farms in twelve countries and over 200 people in Europe have gotten sick from a mink-related strain of the illness. Statistics from the USDA show there have been 17 COVID-19 outbreaks to date on mink farms in Wisconsin, Utah, Michigan, and Oregon. In Canada, there have been three COVID-19 outbreaks at mink fur farms in British Columbia.

 

Worldwide Anti-Fur Legislation

A growing number of countries around the world are passing precedent-setting legislation to ban fur! Here are the latest countries to adopt anti-fur legislation:

France - November 2021 - The French Senate voted overwhelmingly in favour of banning the fur farming in wild animals. The ban will come into effect immediately and the two remaining mink farms in France will be shut down. However, the farming of Orylag rabbits will still be legal.

British Columbia, Canada - November 2021 - The Canadian province of British Columbia committed to ending its mink industry by 2025 after the Minister of Agriculture deemed mink farms pose a public health risk. In total, there are nine mink farms in B.C. and to date, there have been three outbreaks of COVID-19 on three of the farms. The closure of the mink industry does not affect the operations of two other fur farms - (fox and chinchilla) operating in the province.

Ireland - October 2021 - Three mink fur farms will be closed in 2022 when a fur farming ban in Ireland goes into effect. Legislation to ban fur farming was introduced in 2019 but enacted in 2021 after COVID-19 outbreaks on mink fur farms. Ireland's three mink fur farms produced approximately 110,000 pelts per year.

Estonia - June 2021 - The Eastern European country of Estonia voted to ban fur farming nationwide. The ban will come into effect in 2026, at which time all fur farms must be completely shut down. As of July 2021, no new fur farms are allowed to open in the country.

Denmark - December 2020 - 17 million minks were culled in Denmark after COVID-19 outbreaks on over 200 mink fur farms in the country. Further, mink farming is banned in Denmark until 2023. Kopenhagen Furs, the largest fur auction house in the world, announced it would be closing in 2023.

Hungary - November 2020 - Hungary banned the fur farming of minks, foxes, polecats and copyu amidst public health concerns. The decision was a preventative measure to stop fur farmers from setting up operations in Hungary after outbreaks of COVID-19 on mink fur farms worldwide. However, the farming of Chinchilla's continues in Hungary.

The Netherlands - August 2020 - The Dutch government fast-tracked a ban to close down its mink fur farming industry by March 2021. The ban was scheduled to come into effect by 2024 but after 41 mink fur farms tested positive for COVID-19 and 2 million minks were culled, the Dutch government immediately enacted the legislation.

  

HOW YOU CAN HELP

1. The best way to be heard is to email, call or write a letter to your elected officials to voice support for a global ban on fur farming. Remember to keep communication respectful - check out LCA's tips for effective communication here. Have questions? Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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