COVID-19 first detected in European mink farms a year ago – NGOs and the public urge the EU to act

12 months after the SARS-CoV-2 virus was first detected in animals in a mink farm in the Netherlands, the EU has failed to take decisive action to shut down these coronavirus reservoirs despite huge public support for a ban on fur farming.  In recent months, over 500.000 people have signed our petition calling for an

New report finds that all mink farms should be considered “at risk” of COVID-19 infection

19 FEBRUARY 2021 – On the cusp of the mink breeding season, which is set to resume at the end of this month, the European Food Safety Agency has released a report finding that all mink farms should be considered at risk for COVID-19 outbreaks and must be strictly monitored. Following the release of this

Scientific statement on public health risks from SARS-CoV-2 and the intensive rearing of mink

15 FEBRUARY 2021 – The Fur Free Alliance and Eurogroup for Animals have released a scientific statement on public health risks associated with SARS-CoV-2 and intensive mink production, signed by numerous scientists from the fields of virology, infectious diseases, clinical microbiology, veterinary medicine and environmental health. The statement comes in the wake of numerous outbreaks

Joint Open Letter to the European Commission: Eliminating potential COVID-19 reservoir on EU mink farms

To: Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides Commissioner for Agriculture, Janusz Wojciechowski We, the undersigned organisations, jointly call on the European Commission to immediately suspend the breeding of mink throughout the Union and urge Member States to take action to permanently prohibit fur production and/or bring forward existing phase-out dates for fur farming.

Leading animal protection organisations call for the permanent closure of fur farms in Europe

BRUSSELS – 8 DECEMBER 2020 –  In the wake of COVID-19 outbreaks on mink farms throughout Europe – which have also laid bare the cruel conditions under which these animals are intensively confined – leading animal protection organisations today held an online conference to address the animal welfare and public health concerns associated with fur

Dutch MPs voted overwhelmingly in favour of shutting down mink fur farms in the Netherlands

THE HAGUE, 24 JUNE 2020 – Yesterday, politicians voted in favour of the early closure of farms with compensation to be paid to fur farmers to end the practice earlier than the phase out due date of 31st December 2023.  Following outbreaks of COVID-19 on 17 fur farms in The Netherlands since 26 April, there

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