Banning Fur Farms in Sweden

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.

In the United States Swedish Consulates are located in:

  • Anchorage, AK
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Dallas, TX
  • Denver, CO
  • Detroit, MI
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Honolulu, HI
  • Houston, TX
  • Jamestown, NY
  • Kansas City, KS
  • Las Vegas, NV
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Minneapolis, MN
  • New Orleans, LA
  • New York, NY
  • Norfolk, VA
  • Omaha, NB
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Salt Lake City, UT
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • St Louis, MO
  • Tampa, FL

And here’s where you can find a Swedish Consulate in other countries.

About Minks
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
212-888-3000
Email: newyork@consulateofsweden.org

photo credit: thanks to brendan.lally....away via flickr

 



218 comments

Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

colleen p.
colleen p.5 years ago

fake fur dosen't handle being wet like the real skin

KAROLY M.
KAROLY MOLINARI5 years ago

Fur Farms are the most cruel, horrific, and terrifying things humans can do to animals, humans should try to do it to themselves to see what it feels, do that to your family or to yourselfs bastards to feel that horrific pain. I wonder how can they ever sleep with that guilt of seeing all those poor animals sufering like that??

Nath R.
Nath Rao5 years ago

The urge to use fur has caused more pain and suffering to millions of animals. Why we cannot move on to other material from stone age practises of using fur is not understood. I for one will never use or buy fur even if it is cold. Stop wearing fur and you will get the blessings of millions of poor animals which die because someone wants to make a fashion statement wearing fur which anyway looks best on the animal only.

Nath R.
Nath Rao5 years ago

The urge to use fur has caused more pain and suffering to millions of animals. Why we cannot move on to other material from stone age practises of using fur is not understood. I for one will never use or buy fur even if it is cold. Stop wearing fur and you will get the blessings of millions of poor animals which die because someone wants to make a fashion statement wearing fur which anyway looks best on the animal only.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

Nothing has happened so far...

Tricia H.
Tricia Hamilton6 years ago

Please stop doing this, people don't need fur to be happy or to make clothing look prettier. The fur looks prettier on the animals that you are robbing it off of.

Jose Ovidio Perez Morel

Enought......there´s another fit for dressing !!!!!!!!!!

Bernadette Gilbride

I am going to email.

Eileen P.
Eileen P.6 years ago

sent email..........thank-you.......