CANADA, 6 NOVEMBER 2014 – Last week The Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals in Canada launched the campaign #MakeFurHistory. They have worked with LUSH Cosmetics and the Montreal SPCA to unveil footage obtained from a number of farms across Canada over recent months.
Animal welfare scientific expert Dr. Zimmerman commented the footage saying:
This footage clearly shows that Canadian farmed fox and mink can and do suffer significantly in numerous ways. The current standards inadequately address animal welfare by denying opportunities for the expression of natural behaviors by fox and mink. The idea that welfare is related to naturalness is implicit in the scientific approach to using animal biology in understanding and evaluating animal welfare. That being said, we need to consider if there will ever be a way to accommodate an essentially wild animal’s natural biology sufficiently to be ethical and humane. Several European countries have found the answer to this question to be No, and have banned fur farming altogether.
Fur farming has been banned in the following European countries: Great Britain, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and The Netherlands.
According to polling conducted by Insights West, 63 per cent of Canadians do not own fur; of those who do, 49 per cent were purchased 6 to 10 years or longer ago and less than half of Canadians believe fur is morally acceptable.
Click here for the campaign website and more footage.