The text below is taken from the homepage of EFBA (European Fur Breeders Association).
- Fur farming in Europe is among the best controlled in the world.
- Europe meets the toughest demands in terms of quality production, conditions and respect for animal welfare and for the environment.
- The health and welfare of the fur animals on the farms are controlled by the national and European veterinarians’ community to guarantee a good level.
Denmark is the largest producer of mink pelts in Europe and fur is the third largest agricultural export from Denmark. While Finland is the largest producer of fox pelts in Europe. There are 7,200 fur farmers in the EU Member States. China is the second largest worldwide producer of fur pelts and the biggest competitor to European fur farmers. The value of EU farmed fur amounts to €1.5 billion…
So what about the animals who are forced to live in these prisons? Do they have such a good life, like fur farmers often seems to claim? How they live in China we already know, so how is it EU? What is the truth?
Fur farm in Parikkala, Finland. These photographs were taken and published by the Finnish animal rights organisation Oikeutta eläimille (“Justice for Animals”) after an undercover investigation of Finnish fur farms. Source Do they look happy and taken care of?
In Sweden there are about 1 million minks born and killed on nearly 60 fur farms in the country. Every year. Does these minks look well fed and happy? Photos and the rights belongs to ©Animal Rights Alliance The video below are made by the same organisation:
What about Denmark? Do they take care of their animals?
Or what about Norway? Fur from Europe is not more animal friendly than fur from China, as you see from the photos and videos above. What is also very worrying is that according to Copenhagen Fur, within the last year at least five Danish mink farms have been bought by Chinese investors… Source
So in conclusion, does EFBA have right? Is this proof of animal welfare? This is what’s going on in Europe today, we are no better than China when it comes to fur farms, are we…?