Canada produces around three million pelts a year, of which half come from Nova Scotia, a maritime province on the Atlantic coast. The pelts are mainly sold to China, Russia and South Korea. A governmental report in 2012 shows harmful blue-green algea blooms in nine lakes in Nova Scotia, caused by fur farm waste pollution.
Debbie Hall, a resident on Lake Fanning in Nova Scotia, said:
“We used to think of the classic cliché of fun at the lake, running and jumping off the dock. Now there are massive blooms from late May until November and when they die off, the bacterial decomposition uses up all the oxygen and we end up with huge dead zones.”
Colleen McGill, a Nova Scotian resident protesting building plans of a mink factory farm in her street, said:
“We want to ensure that neighbouring property owners don’t lose the use of their land or their quality of life through odours and flies.”