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6 August 2000 Issue

Factory Farmed Mink Disease
Source: Fur Rancher Summer 2000
Supplied by: Fur Trade Today - veegman@erols.com

John Gorham of the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington describes a condition that affects factory-farmed mink in the latest issue of Fur Rancher. The condition, known as Nonspecific Enteritis (inflammation of the intestinal tract, especially of the small intestine) frequently affects mink. Its cause is unknown. The disease appears whether conditions on the factory farm are neat and clean or sloppy and unsanitary. In acute cases, the animals may be unable to eat, have bloody diarrhea, and die within three to four days. In chronic cases, the animal will not digest the food she has eaten and may not die for a month. As a result, she will become badly emaciated before her death. (Mink are semi-aquatic animals and are incapable of living a healthy life in barren wire cages surrounded by thousands of their own kind.

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