• Petitioned Swedish government and parliament

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Members of the Environment and Agriculture Committee
Swedish government and parliament

Prohibit all fur farming in Sweden.

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This petition will run until 13 June, when the parliamentary decision will be taken.

Opinion polls from both 2011 and 2012 shows that seven out of ten Swedes want a ban on the breeding of minks in cages. That represents 6.5 million people. Only 18% of the Swedish people think that mink farms should be allowed.

The Swedish Animal Welfare Act says that all animals should be allowed to behave naturally. Natural behaviour of minks means to hunt on land and in water, for what they need kilometres of territory along the shoreline.

On fur farms live minks were next to each other, often two or more together, in the lattice cages that are a third of a square foot. It is common that they are hurting themselves and each other.

Studies on Swedish farms shows that 70-85% of the adult minks were performing stereotypic behaviours. This is a serious behavioural disorder and a clear sign that the animals are stressed and can not act naturally.

In Animal rights report Fur farms in overtime summarized some of the research done on mink. Research results show that there is currently no way to keep mink in cages that are compatible with the Animal Welfare Act.

Today there are about 70 farms in Sweden, who breeds more than one million minks every year.

Ban fur farms in Sweden

The mink is a very active and solitary predators, as in their natural habitat climb, dive and swim. An adult mink in the wild have a territory that always lie along a stream that can extend up to six kilometers. The mink catches their prey up to 70 percent in water and it swims daily, up to 250 meters. In Animal rights report Fur farms in overtime summarized some of the research done on mink. Research results show that there is currently no way to keep mink in cages that are compatible with the Animal Welfare Act.

Current Legislative proposals: 4 a § Minks raised for fur production should be kept in such a way that their need to move, climb, practice their hunting behavior and engage in other chores as well as to periodically be alone can be satisfied. Mink will also have access to water to swim in. The Government, or authorized by the Government, the Board of Agriculture may issue further regulations on conditions for the keeping of mink for their fur. - Which means that all fur farms in Sweden to shut down because no captivity can give the animals their natural needs.

Current Legislative proposals: 4 a § Minks raised for fur production should be kept in such a way that their need to move, climb, practice their hunting behavior and engage in other chores as well as to periodically be alone can be satisfied. Mink will also have access to water to swim in.

The Government, or authorized by the Government, the Board of Agriculture may issue further regulations on conditions for the keeping of mink for their fur. - Which means that all fur farms in Sweden to shut down because no captivity can give the animals their natural needs.

We the undersigned welcomes therefore this requirement, adding that, all fur farming in Sweden is hereby prohibited after 1 January 2013.

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    • Monia Botngård GöTEBORG, SWEDEN
      • over 2 years ago

      animal wellfare is a big concerne fore people in sweden. and then it is hypocratic and so wrong to allow this animal abuse! live up to the obligation!

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    • Reka Szentgyorgyi BUDAORS, HUNGARY
      • over 2 years ago

      Is this human?

      Is this european?

      Is this healthy?

      I would say, people who buy the products made from th fur of animals, should see how they are kept, what happens to them exactly until they are transformed to a coat, and then they could buy it. And this information should be strictly be on every product with pictures etc. somehow like on cigaretts

      I believe people who are able to cause such pain, or any kind of pain to other living creatures for not necessary reasons, are not psychically healthy. Please do not let them make money out of the suffering of animals..

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    • Clare Sergeant BRISTOL, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Fur farming has always been a disgusting trade in animal parts........

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    • Michelle Kingham WORCESTERSHIRE, UNITED KINGDOM
      • over 2 years ago

      Do You Really need to ask. It is DISGUSTING That's Why. Sickening.

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    • Pam Eikleberry WOOSTER, OH
      • over 2 years ago

      murderers!

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