investigation reveals horrific animal cruelty at Swedish mink farms –
photos could bring an end to Sweden’s fur industry During 2009 and
2010, the Animal Rights Alliance took undercover photo and video at one-
fifth of all of the fur farms in Sweden. Investigative materials show that
mink on Swedish fur farms live under miserable conditions – worse
than previously recognized. The results of the investigation could bring
the fur industry in Sweden to an end. In 2003, a governmental commission
of inquiry gave mink farms until 2010 to comply with the Animal Welfare
Act. The commission of inquiry concluded that if the fur farms did not comply
with the law, then the farming of mink for fur should be partly or totally
investigative material clearly proves that the fur industry has done nothing
to improve conditions for mink on fur farms. At the majority of the farms
that we visited, we found evidence of stereotypical behavior, multiple cases
of cannibalism, and countless mink with gaping wounds, missing ears and
rampant infections. The animals react to stress and frustration in their
extremely small cages by biting each other to death”, says Malin
Gustafsson, spokesperson for the Animal Rights Alliance.
naturally spend more than half of their time in water; they would normally
climb and run several kilometers every day. The Animal Welfare Act in Sweden
states that all animals should be allowed to live according to their natural
needs. Fur farms are a mockery of the law. With only a month left until
the 2010 national election, many Swedes are eager to know if the Swedish
political parties intend to respect the Animal Welfare Act and ban fur farming.
We certainly hope so”.
documenting violations of the Animal Cruelty Act, the Animal Rights Alliance
also documented many environmental offenses. Contrary to regulation, sewage
frm many farms ran straight out into the surrounding environment and mink
carcasses were not disposed of properly.
more information, film and photo:
text and subtitles for film;
the Animal Rights Alliance at: +46 762 30 12 00