Bad news from Sweden's fur farms but good news for chickens


Bad news from Sweden's fur farms but good news for chickens

26 March 2020
Djurens Rätt
Djurens Rätt reported 2019 to be another bad year for fur animals while a record number of Swedish municipalities decided not to buy eggs from caged chickens.
Last year 12 out of 54 mink fur farms were inspected in Sweden to establish a level of their welfare. 11 have reported to violate one or more welfare criteria, ranging from severe wound damages to a lack of water supplies. One of the farms with most shortcomings was about to be be certified for WelFur, the fur industry's animal care label.

The public needs to know what's happening on the farms. The number of shortcomings in 2019 shows a systematic error in fur farming industry, which leads to an increased risk of poor conditions for animals, regardless of a 'welfare certificate'.

Anna Harenius, expert ethologist at Djurens Rätt

On a good note, 12 years since their first campaign for cage-free eggs, Djurens Rätt has in 2019 witnessed an increased support from municipalities in public procurements. A survey has shown that 9 out of 10 municipalities in Sweden now opt out of buying eggs from caged hens. Although the number decreased from 40% to 9% in the past 12 years there are still around 750,000 hens kept in cages in Sweden. 

For hens not to live on a surface smaller than an A4 sheet, unable to even stretch their wings, is the least we can ask for! It's good to see more and more municipalities opting out of buying eggs from caged hens and showing the way forward.

Camilla Bergvall, Associate chair at Djurens Rätt
The post 'Bad news from Sweden's fur farms but good news for chickens' is modified from an article published by Djurens Rätt in their original language.