The Sweden general election is scheduled for September 19th. And for the first time ever, the possibility of banning fur farms is on the agenda. Anti-fur activists have already managed to rid Sweden of all fox fur farms, but now there is talk of an actual ban on all fur farms in the country.
To help bring worldwide awareness to Sweden’s remaining 75 mink farms, anti-fur activists are calling on people around the globe to join them in a “World Day of Action.”
Friday, August 13, is that day. A demonstration at New York City’s Swedish Consulate is planned. For those located in NYC, come out at 11:00 am and show support for all animals that suffer immeasurably on fur farms. New York’s Swedish consulate is located at:
445 Park Avenue (56th Street)
New York, NY 10022
Find a Swedish Consulate
Not close to New York? How about organizing a demonstration at a Swedish Consulate near you.
And here’s where you can find a Swedish Consulate in other countries.
Minks are solitary by nature. In the wild, they only come into contact with each other for mating.
On fur farms, which are much like puppy mills, minks are caged in wire crates, row upon row, in close proximity to other minks. This unnatural existence not only causes physical injuries to paws and limbs, but forces minks to live in a constant state of fear because they are unable to retreat from one another. This psychological abuse and these crowded living conditions will often force minks to resort to cannibalism, including killing their own offspring.
Words of an Ex-Fur Farmer
The Coalition to Abolish the Fur Trade quotes Ingvar Johansson, a former 17-year veteran of the fur farming industry: “The breeding is totally indefensible… totally unnatural. Thousands of animals are squeezed into a small area. This leads to problems as cannibalism, self-mutilation and other diseases.”
Johansson also talks about the practice of flushing. In fur farms, farmers will stop feeding the female minks in February. Mating occurs in March, and after being flushed, female minks are given high quantities of food to encourage sexual maturity. This helps to bring about higher numbers of births.
Ironically, due to the weather at this time, food often becomes frozen and the minks die of starvation. “Wearing fur was something that humans used to do during the stone ages” said Johansson. “That People still do it is a little strange.”
Other Ways to Help
If you can’t join a protest on Friday, consider writing, calling or emailing the Swedish Consulate:
Honorary Consulate General of Sweden
445 Park Avenue, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10022
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