Animals such as mink, foxes and chinchillas are routinely bred and raised on fur farms and killed after their first moulting.
The animals in fur farms are not domesticated. They are fearful of humans and are fundamentally unsuitable for farming.
In contrast to domestication, the emphasis on fur farms has been to select for traits associated with pelt colour and quality, body size and litter size, with little attention paid to behavioural traits.
Keeping wild predators in small cages results in numerous serious stress-related health problems, including infected wounds, missing limbs and cannibalism, as shown in footage taken by an employee at a Lithuanian fur farm.
Scientific studies add further weight to the substantial body of evidence demonstrating that the needs of animals such as mink and foxes are not being met in current housing systems - and in fact cannot be met in any housing system.
In the wild, a fox would have a territory of several square kilometres; in a cage it has only a few square centimetres.
Keeping typically solitary animals such as mink in close proximity to one another can be distressing. To cope with these unnatural situations, animals are known to fight and self-harm.
Such conditions do not allow the animals to perform natural behaviours, such as swimming or digging.
Finally, having endured tough conditions during their short life, animals are slaughtered in a variety of violent ways, such as asphyxia through gassing, or by electrocution.
IN A FOUR PAWS SURVEY IN 2018,
OF SWISS CONSIDER THAT KILLING ANIMALS FOR FUR PRODUCTS IS WRONG
MEMBER STATES HAVE TOTALLY OR PARTIALLY BANNED OR STRICTLY REGULATED FUR FARMING
A SVOBODA ZVIERAT SURVEY FOUND THAT
OF CZECH CITIZENS DO NOT AGREE WITH KILLING ANIMALS FOR FUR
Eurogroup for Animals would like to see national bans on breeding and raising animals for the purpose of fur production across all Member States.
We will support our members in their efforts to prohibit fur farming in their national context and oppose initiatives which provide EU endorsement to the fur industry.