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New investigation: Only four mink farms left in France – let's close them down!

The images we reveal were filmed in August 2020 and show how the last four fur farms in the country look like. They are better guarded, some are having work done on them – indicating that fur farms are not going to vanish totally from France tomorrow – but the horror in the cages remains.
There are fewer mink in the 'fur farm of horrors' in Eure-et-Loir: not all the cages are occupied and there is no longer any overcrowding. But the air in them continues to be unbreathable and the droppings still pile up like stalagmites, and as for the poor mink ...
We are asking that they be shut down before the end of the year by ministerial decree and for the worst of the four, the one in Eure-et-Loir, to be shut down immediately! We are submitting an additional complaint relating to 'the fur farm of horrors'.

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Fur farms in France: the horror that never ends

In 2017 we revealed images of six of the 11 mink farms still in operation in France. We showed the full horror: tiny wire-mesh cages that injure paws, the absence of water even though mink feed while swimming, overcrowded cages leading to fights and injuries. No checks on waste discharge despite these establishments supposedly being regulated (because of their impact on the environment), with harmful consequences for nature and biodiversity. The following year the French animal-rights organization L214 revealed new images of one of them, which has since closed.

In 2019, in the midst of discussions with the ministry on this matter, we released images of four of the five fur farms still operating. We showed stomach-churning images of cannibalism, of mummified corpses, of dozens of babies dying or in agony in the worst of the farms in France, the one in Eure-et-Loir. In response the authorities and the couple running the farm announced that there had been a sudden outbreak of disease, which was of course "exceptional" and obviously had ended!

Mink farms, premises that are little documented yet subject to epidemics

However everywhere in the world mink exhibit injuries and infections, which are little studied and yet recur and are similar on all fur farms. 

More than a million mink have also been affected by Covid19 in Europe alone, slaughtered on farms in the Netherlands, Spain and Denmark for the simple reason that humans exploit them and subject them to prison conditions conducive to the spread of this type of scourge.

« There are still four mink farms in France – 4! The Netherlands have decided to shut down 160 and Finland is considering doing likewise in the case of its 700 fur farms. In France, despite meeting after meeting, nothing, absolutely nothing is happening. And during this time, in Eure-et-Loir, mink, still alive but with putrefying flesh, drag themselves over the wire-mesh floor of their cages to reach a few drops of water »
Muriel Arnal, One Voice Founding President

Meetings with the relevant authorities at all levels

At the end of 2019 a round table in Brussels organized by MEPs provided the opportunity to show images of this 'worst fur farm in Europe' to representatives of furriers and to have discussions with them and the MEPs.

When lockdown ended we arranged a meeting with a representative of the National Association of Veterinary Surgeons following a statement from the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe and announcements from Irish and Bulgarian vets. We are still waiting for the measures announced by the Ministry of Ecology following the meetings on wildlife held in captivity to be taken.

August 2020 – a new investigation, an additional complaint and requests for close-down!

This Summer there are only four fur farms still in operation. Many of the cages are empty or contain only one mink, in particular at Montarlot-lès-Rioz and, in Eure-et-Loir, at Champrond-en-Gâtine. But everywhere there are mutilated mink: eyes, teeth, tails, paralysed and necrotic legs, skin diseases ... And piles of droppings, causing real and lasting soil pollution.

« As a veterinarian I am appalled by what I've seen from these French fur farms, it runs counter to everything I know about animal welfare, from keeping wild species like mink in small battery cages, to the insanitary conditions and the very obvious stereotypies which are likely to be the result of mental distress, the brain's way of coping with a deprived and inadequate environment. The mink with necrotic hind quarters is really shocking because for an animal to get to that state, it will have been left untreated for at least several days. It looks like both hind legs, the pelvic region and caudal abdomen are affected, and the legs are clearly paralysed which also appears to impede its ability to get to food or water. It is likely this happened with an injury of some sort, and from the point this occurred, the animal would have been in intense pain, as well as no doubt being psychologically traumatised if this was injury from an attack, which is one plausible explanation. This animal should have been separated and treated immediately that the initial injury occurred, but that has clearly not happened and it has been left to get in a state where now it requires immediate euthanasia. »
Professor Alastair Macmillan, Veterinary advisor to Humane Society International

France is way behind its neighbours; the people are waiting for change!

Since 2017 we have been urging the Ministry of Ecology to publish a decree shutting down all the mink farms in France. This year how will the State justify its failure to act when many countries in Europe have introduced legislation? 

The last fur farm in Bosnia-Herzegovina closed in July, the Netherlands will have shut down its 160 fur farms by April 2021 and Finland is also planning to shut down its 700 fur farms once and for all

In France more than half a million people have already signed the referendum for the animals, one of the measures of which relates to fur farms! The French people are with us: 77% of them are in favour of a ban on farming animals for their fur

We are asking for the 'fur farm of horrors' in Eure-et-Loir to be shut down immediately, submitting an additional complaint, and also demanding a decree providing for the dismantling of the other three farms by the end of 2020.

Sign our petition to save thousands of mink! Year by year French fur farms are closing down solely because of such pressure and the reaction to the images that have been published.

The waiting has lasted long enough: we want action now. Let no-one tell us that it's complicated: there are only four of them! 

Julia Mothé
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trochu | Monday 31 August 2020

Impensable vraiment que des élevages de fourrure persistent et vivent encore en France et en 2020! qui sont donc les individus qui osent encore porter la peau des animaux sur eux ? car fourrure est synonyme de "souffrance totale, de douleur extrême, de maltraitance, de barbarie, de torture et de cruauté INACCEPTABLES ET IMMONDES". Le covid 19 n'a pas permis plus de prises de conscience, il n'a pas permis à grand nombre de revoir les valeurs, le respect de toutes vies animales tout autant que la leur, par contre ce qui est à constater c'est qu'il y a encore plus d'égoïsme, d'indifférence, d'insensibilité et de manque de valeurs comme si les animaux étaient responsables de tous les maux de la terre, comme s'ils étaient encore davantage relayés au plan "d'objets, meubles ou marchandise" ! . La fourrure doit être fermement dénoncée et interdite définitivement en France, car les personnes dites "intelligentes" ne portent pas de fourrure et refusent d'en porter pour les raisons citées envers les animaux. MERCI ET MERCI ONE VOICE de faire cesser de telles exploitations qui franchement nous touchent au plus profond de nous, car TOUS DES ETRES VIVANTS !