October 17, 2019
Throughout April and October this year, investigators from Humane Society International UK and the Finnish animal protection group Oikeutta Eläimille, visited 13 farms and found hundreds of foxes and mink suffering in small, barren and filthy battery cages. There were tiny fox cubs struggling to walk across wire floors of their cages, their tiny feet constantly slipping through the holes. There are animals with eye infections and gaping wounds, including a mink with a large, bloody hole in the head. Some animals lie dead in the cages and others eat them or walk over them.
This investigation hopes to correct a double standard that now exists in the United Kingdom with regards to fur: while the country banned fur farming in 2000 on ethical grounds, it has allowed the imports of fur from overseas to continue. Animal fur is still sold in British stores, and since the ban, the country has imported more than $1 billion worth of fur from other countries, including nearly $18 million worth of fur from Finland.
Read full article and watch the footage here. Photo by Kristo Muurimaa/Oikeutta Elaimille