- Pekka LintuAmbassador of Finland to the U.S.
End Animal Cruelty in Finnish Fur Farms
An undercover investigation has exposed the shocking truth about Finnish fur farms.
The Finnish animal rights organization, Oikeutta Elaimille, has obtained and released a horrifying investigative video exposing the plight of foxes, minks and other animals raised for their fur in Finland. The research group visited 80 fur farms in 2010 and the material uncovered is shocking: foxes without legs, puppies eating dead puppies, huge open wounds, serious untreated injuries, stereotypical behavior, cannibalism, animals not able to walk, serious eye and gum infections, and decomposing animals left in cages with their living mates.
More than 30 percent of the farms investigated are certified. However, certification seems to be a scheme created by fur farmers to market their farms as “humane,” considering the certified farmers kept animals in the same condition (or worse!) as did farmers who were not certified.
At a time when more and more consumers are turning their backs on fur, countries such as Finland and our very own United States should be joining Great Britain, Austria and Croatia in banning this cruel practice.
Please write to the Finnish Embassy in Washington, D.C., to express your concern and to encourage Finland to ban the cruel practice of fur farming.
- Ambassador of Finland to the U.S.
I am writing out of concern for the animals kept in fur farms in Finland. According to the investigation released by the Finnish organization Oikueutta Elaimille, animals at fur farms are kept in horrendous conditions: foxes without legs, puppies eating dead puppies, huge open wounds, serious untreated injuries, stereotypical behavior, cannibalism, animals not able to walk, serious eye and gum infections, and decomposing animals left in cages with their living mates.
Although 30 percent of the fur farms investigated were certified by your government, the certification did nothing to mitigate the suffering of these animals as they were in the same (if not worse) condition as the farms that were not certified.
A ban on fur farming would set a positive example for the rest of the world, including the United States, which has not even begun to address the cruelty endured by animals on fur farms. These animals are forced to live out their short lives in cramped, confined conditions that fail to accommodate their natural behavior. For example, research on caged mink stress response has demonstrated that denying mink the opportunity to swim was nearly as stressful for them as their being denied food.
Consumers are increasingly turning their backs on fur. We urge you to join Great Britain, Austria and Croatia in banning the cruel practice of fur farms. At the very minimum, all fur farms should be examined by officials and the fur farms that break the law should be closed down immediately, with a phase-out period for all fur farms.
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