Djurens Rätt exposes troublesome links between mink farms and factory farming
Public opinion has already turned against mink farming for fur in Sweden due to the poor living conditions for animals and cruel killing methods, as proven by the European Citizens’ Initiative Fur Free Europe which calls for an EU-wide ban on fur farming and the sale of farmed fur products.The new report reveals a lesser known problem; that Swedish mink farms also contribute to extensive suffering in other species and the loss of at least 30 million individual lives per year. Mink farming was also found to contribute to funding chicken factory farming, which has created economical motivation for farmers to protect the existence of fur farms. Djurens Rätt wants to see a ban on mink farms to combat the problem.
Animal welfare is evidently a part of sustainability, and it is not sustainable to breed carnivores in small wire cages in a system that also contributes to suffering in other industries. The report Djurens Rätt published is more proof that mink farms are unsustainable and need to be phased out immediatelyCamilla Bergvall - President, Djurens Rätt
- There would be positive effects for sustainability and Sweden's biodiversity if mink farms closed.
- There are intimate economic links between mink farms and other factory farms, especially within the chicken industry and in fisheries.
- Slaughterhouse waste in Sweden is increasing with rising animal production. It is currently not used in a sustainable way.