Ban Fur Farming in Ontario
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Petition to: Ernie Hardeman (Ontario minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs)
Please stop the cruel and inhumane mistreatment of fur bearing animals and enact a province-wide ban on fur farming in Ontario.
We demand a ban on fur farming be enacted for the following reasons:
Two recent investigations into the Ontario fur farm industry have revealed shocking animal neglect and cruelty at several mink farms in the province. This showcases an industry wide culture of mistreatment of animals. Footage on the links below shows dead and injured animals, cages covered in excrement, animals being fed old rotten food, stereotypical behavior, and other violations of the OSPCA Act.
The National Observer showcased a nation wide investigation into Canada's fur farm industry and is proof the mistreatment of animals is common place throughout the country.
In addition to the overt criminal mistreatment of animals in the care of fur farm owners, farming animals solely for their fur is inherently inhumane and cruel.
Numerous countries and regions recognize fur factory farms cannot meet the basic needs of animals and have already passed bans on fur farming and/or the import and selling of fur.
Predatory animals like mink and foxes are not domesticated and are not suitable for farming. They are restricted from performing natural instinctive behaviors like swimming and burrowing. They are subject to long periods of inactivity and lack of stimulation leading to frustration, distress, and stereotypical (abnormal repetitive) behaviour such as pacing, cage biting, self-mutilation, physical deformities (bent feet), and high levels of infant mortality. Forcing animals to be in a state of distress is a violation of the OSPCA Act.
A poll conducted by Environics (2015) showed that 92% of Canadians are in favour of better animal protection laws. Another poll conducted by Humane Society International (2014) showed 68% of Canadians support a ban on fur farming.
Confining and killing animals such as fox, mink, chinchilla, and rabbit for an unnecessary luxury item like fur is unethical and cruel. Many Canadian retailers have fur free policies in place and refuse to sell fur. Many prominent clothing designers also refuse to use fur in their clothing lines.
Killing methods such as anal electrocution are still currently in use and are cruel and inhumane.
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