animal rights organisation Oikeutta Eläimille and Animal Defenders
International have released a joint investigation into Finnish fur farms.
included 30 different fur farms which were visited during the summer and
autumn of 2009. The results show widespread animal abuse, intense suffering
and neglect. Many animals were suffering from eye-infections, injured limbs,
open wounds, bitten off tails, deformed limbs and ears, mouth diseases and
overgrowth of gums among others. Animals also suffered from stereotypical
behavior, fear and apathy.
the prolonged suffering was proved by visiting some farms many times. One
particularly bad farm was filmed three times, in a period of four months.
In this farms there was a breeding male fox, whose head was at a strange
angle, eyes and mouth were infected, claws were over grown and his ear was
withered. After four months the animal was still there, and his condition
was as awful, if not worse.
also filmed a fur farm, which belongs to the head of the Finnish Fur Breeder's
Association. This farm was the worst mink farm of the investigation. He
also had foxes in the farm. Mink had eye-infections, open wounds and bitten-off
ears. Foxes were very frightened, one fox had an injured ear and some of
the cages were
dangerously broken so the animals could injure themselves. This shows that
these are not individual cases: systematic animal abuse takes place in all
Finnish fur farms.
approximately three million animals are killed annually at fur farms. The
footage shows the everyday life of these animals. It's time to ban fur farming
in Finland and put an end to this suffering.
at the videos and pictures and demand the ban!
and photos of the fur farm which was visited three times:
and photos of the head of The Fur Breeders' Association:
(a campaign video etc): www.furstop.com