Animals In Print
The On-Line Newsletter
From 17 March 2001 Issue:
The fur industry has tried to convince the public that animals on fur farms are raised and killed in a humane manner. The facts below demonstrate that fur farms are not acceptable, nor could they in any way be considered humane.
This problem becomes even more acute when one realizes that these animals are being killed for nothing more than vanity.
Approximately 31 million animals are raised and killed on fur farms each year. Mink account for 26 million, fox 4.5 million. Chinchillas, raccoon dogs (not to be confused with the North American raccoon), ferret and sable make up for most of the other ranch-raised furbearers.
Fur from animals raised and killed on fur farms makes up from 60% to 70% of United States fur sales.
Mink are usually killed by gassing, poison injection or neck breaking.
Between 20-23% of all ranch-raised mink die prematurely. Disease, cannibalism and fighting are among the common causes for pre-slaughter mortality on mink farms.
Mink on fur farms experience such frustration that they mutilate themselves. Anywhere from 10-20% of ranch mink chew on their tails, causing serious damage.
Fur farmers have used inbreeding to develop mutant color phases in fur animals. This has led to genetic defects including white mink that are deaf, blue iris mink that lack certain blood cells that help fight off disease, and pastel mink with nervous disorders.
Most foxes are killed by anal electrocution. This is the standard industry method for killing foxes in Europe and Canada, where 85% of the world's ranch-raised fox is produced. Foxes are not adapted to a life in tiny, wire cages. As a result, nearly one in five vixens will kill and eat their young on fur farms.
The Chinchilla Industry Council promotes electrocution and neck breaking, calling the methods "practical."
Ferrets are raised on fur farms in Europe. Their skins are marketed as fitch fur. Studies show that as many as 2/3 of the ferrets on fur farms come down with diseases as a result of the poor living conditions.
Source: BanFur http://www.onelist.com/community/BanFur
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