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:
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.
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