Petitioning Matilda Ernkrans and 38 others

Sweden: please respect the opinion of your people and ban fur farming

A large majority of Swedish people want a ban on mink farming. On May 10, the Parliamentary Environment and Agriculture Committee will take a decision on a number of motions on mink farming.

Will their elected representatives listen to the Swedish people?

On May 3, 2012 a documentary about mink farming that you can see at the following link:

http://svtplay.se/v/2791527/dokumentarfilm/minkfarmarna?cb%2Ca1364145%2C1%2Cf%2C-1%2Fpb%2Ca1364142%2C1%2Cf%2C-1%2Fpl%2Cv%2C%2C2792038%2Fsb%2Cp115254%2C1%2Cf%2C-1,

was shown on Swedish television depicting a controversial business that had not only shocked many Swedes but showed also that some of the practices were contrary to the Swedish Animal Welfare act.

Details on our website: http://www.occupyforanimals.org/ban-fur-farms-in-sweden.html

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.

On fur farms where minks live next to each other, often two or more together, in wire cages that are only a third of a square meter, it is common that they are hurting themselves and each other.

Studies on Swedish farms showed 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.

Minks are very active and solitary predators that in their natural habitat climb, dive and swim. An adult mink in the wild has a territory that always lie along a stream that can extend up to six kilometers. The mink catches his prey up to 70 percent in water and it swims daily, up to 250 meters. The animal rights report Fur Farms summarized some of the research done on mink and the research results show that there is currently no way to keep mink in cages that are compatible with the Swedish 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 their need to periodically be alone can be satisfied. Minks 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. 

This means that all fur farms in Sweden need to be shut down because no captivity can give the animals their natural needs.

Letter to
Matilda Ernkrans
Olle Thorell
Carina Ohlsson
and 36 others
Lars Tysklind
Helena Lindahl
Richard Jomshof
Anita Brodén
Irene Oskarsson
Kew Nordqvist
Gunnar Sandberg
Lars Beckman
Bengt-Anders Johansson
Christer Akej
Helena Leander
Rune Wikström
Linda Arvidsson Wemmert
Tina Ehn
Staffan Danielsson
Christina Höj Larsen
Mikael Jansson
Otto von Arnold
Lars Hjälmered
Johan Löfstrand
Helén Pettersson
Johan Hultberg
Jan-Olof Larsson
Sara Karlsson
Pyry Niemi
Åsa Coenraads
Josef Fransson
Jens Holm
Kristina Karlsson
Jonas Gunnarsson
Jenny Petersson
Anna Wallén
Nina Lundström
Katarina Köhler
Sofia Arkelsten
Roger Tiefensee
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Sweden: please respect the opinion of your people and ban fur farming.

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Dear Elected Representative Policy Maker,
Dear Member of the Parliament,

I have signed this petition to ask you to please respect the opinion of the Swedish people, the people that have voted you in, and to ban fur farming in Sweden.

Sweden is a model of animal welfare in so many terms and it is truly shameful that such a business exists in your country.

Furthermore is the exploitation of animals raised for their fur contrary to the Swedish Animal Welfare Act that 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 where minks live next to each other, often two or more together in wire cages that are only a third of a square meter large, it is common that they are hurting themselves and each other.

Studies on Swedish farms showed 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.

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

In addition, the farming of animals for fur, while a profitable venture for fur farms, has proven to be an environmental disaster for the planet.

The intensive confinement of animals, in it's self, has always been of environmental concern. With thousands of animals being kept over a small area, the build-up of excrement is obvious concern, as it will either be soaked into the soil and end up in our ground water, or it will run off into near-by streams as a result of heavy rain. There is an obvious health factor involved with groundwater contamination. Each mink skinned by fur farmers produces about 44 pounds of feces in his or her lifetime.

The nitrogen of these farms also impedes the wintering of trees. This accounts for added frost damage and easier access for insects and fungi into the weakened tree.

Fur farms are a source of air pollution as well due to the tons of ammonia they produce every year!

Fur is only "natural" when it's on the animal who was born with it. Once an animal has been slaughtered and skinned, his or her fur is treated with a soup of toxic chemicals to "convert the putrefactive raw skin into a durable material" (i.e., to keep it from rotting). Various salts - along with ammonia, formaldehyde, hydrogen peroxide, and other chromates and bleaching agents - are used to preserve and dye fur. Furs are loaded with chemicals to keep them from decomposing in the buyer's closet, and fur production pollutes the environment and gobbles up precious resources. Producing a fur coat from ranch-raised animals takes more than 15 times as much energy as does producing a faux-fur coat.

Considering the above facts and with all the natural and synthetic materials available today, there is simply no justification for this disgusting industry to continue.

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 their need to periodically be alone can be satisfied. Minks 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.

This means that all fur farms in Sweden need to be 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.

Yours respectfully,