Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
No Halloween Gag Reel
Fur flies over farm footage, SPCA comes out swinging
Release by Laurie Chortyk, SPCA Vancouver/Video image
orrifying footage from several Canadian fur farms – including mink farms in British Columbia – has been releasedby the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals (APFA).
Experts who have seen the footage describe it as disturbing,
noting the often-filthy living conditions, the tiny cages the
animals live in, and stereotypic behaviours such as continuously
circling and jumping up the cage wall or biting the cage wires.
According to wildlife veterinarian, Dr. Stefan Harsch, these
conditions and behaviours “are clear signs of stress and
“Fur farming is a little-known industry in the province despite hundreds of thousands of mink being raised and killed each year in B.C., due to the large international exportation of products for foreign markets,” says Dubois “The breeding and farming of any animal who is wild in nature is of great concern to the BC SPCAbecause the internationally recognized ‘Five Freedoms’*, including freedom to express natural behaviours that promote well-being, cannot be met.”
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