Petition Closed

Denmark's major newspaper Ekstra Bladet, activists from the Animal Organization ANIMA and Danish TV2 had revealed unimaginable cruelty of mink and fox farms in Denmark. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AunzTLGQfQY   Despite warnings and regular vet checks there is evidence that gross neglect of animals. Terrible images of neglect was shown in the news in DR..       

Pictures of mink with large head wound. Photos such as mink, where half the body is torn into pieces, and images of mink, which lies dead in their cage for weeks   http://www.dr.dk/Nyheder/Indland/2011/02/24/175329.htm   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdOziJ4aC4M
Denmark is the world's largest exporter of mink fur and the fur company Kopenhagen Fur is getting richer and richer. The biggest importers of Danish mink and fox are Russia and China.   http://video.theaustralian.com.au/1798682789/Russian-fur-trade-in-decline   Politicians defend the fur industry - partly because of the 25,000 jobs and the farmers' threat to move production to China.   I therefore ask you to help me to put pressure on the Danish politicians so that these farms can be closed.   Thank you        

Letter to
Member of Europe Parliament  Dan Jørgensen
Prime Minister Helle Thorning Schmidt
Member of the Parliament  Per Clausen
and 2 others
Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Fisheries Mette Gjerskov
Minister of Justice Morten Bødskov
I am writing today with an urgent request to implement an immediate ban on Denmark's fur production.

Despite warnings and regular vet checks there is evidence that gross neglect of animals. Terrible images of neglect was shown in the news in DR February 24, 2011.

Pictures of mink with large head wound. Photos such as mink, where half the body is torn into pieces, and images of mink, which lies dead in their cage for weeks.

http://www.dr.dk/Nyheder/Indland/2011/02/24/175329.htm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PdOziJ4aC4M

It is scandalous that a country like Denmark has contributed to so gross cruelty.

Fur production is an inherently vicious and cruel industry, subjecting animals to some of the most exploitative, painful, and agonizing conditions. As has been established by the fur farm documentary "Operation X" October 2009, animals perpetually suffer from painful diseases and neglect; as a final obscenity, they are killed in reprehensible manners including gassing, anal electrocution, and skinning alive, selected to maintain pelt quality
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AunzTLGQfQY

Furthermore, it is important to recognize that any adopted welfare protocols are extraordinarily inadequate, and, as has been demonstrated, are too often ignored due to their cost-prohibitive nature as defined by fur farm owners.

Although corporations employ glossy portraits and energetic runway demonstrations meant to cultivate appeals to vanity or luxury, their actions can no longer be dismissed as justifiable financial strategies. In fact, an ever-growing collective of people are taking a stand against the international fur industry, and contrary to the illusions the fur industry perpetrates, its tools include documented footage, such as indicated above, and photographic proof, evidence that cannot be disregarded.

It is difficult to contemplate supporting any country, via tourism or commerce, that excuses such blatant animal cruelty; financial gain at the expense of empathy towards sentient beings bears no justification: indeed, our shared histories have witnessed significant inequities and judicial sacrifices in the name of profit and greed that today are considered gross offenses. An increasing number of countries are therefore listening to a concerned and attentive population that refuses to be complicit in the inherently malicious industry of fur farming and are taking progressive steps to ban such an uncivilized practice; countries such as Ireland, Italy, and France are all actively engaged in the discontinuation of fur farming.

I hope this letter finds you willing to scrutinize your own involvement in the exploitation of animals and your desire to therefore protect, rather than harm, them. Please make the ethical decision to support an immediate ban on Denmark's fur industry.

Sincerely,