- August 21, 2013 - 11:06
@mick madsen Studies show that the frustrations of fur-farmed mink is real. One was even released in the prestigious magazine “nature” issued from The Zoology Department of the University of Oxford and clearly stated that minks kept in cages were in distress. They investigated to what extent these limitations affect caged mink and find that these animals will not only pay high costs to be able to perform a range of natural behaviours, but they will also release the 'stress' hormone cortisol when prevented from indulging in swimming, their favourite activity. I understand that the industry is willing to protect the business (which grossed 15 Billion $ in 2010), but in real life people are aware that the fur industry is not essential and should no longer exists. The green washing is also becoming more obvious everyday.
- Mick Madsen
- August 20, 2013 - 16:26
It is an often repeated misunderstanding that farmed fur animals are wild - they are not. Domestication of fur animals has taken place through almost 100 generations, and the domestication modern day fur farm animals is scientifically validated. Sure we can live without real fur. Just as we can live without Porches, internet and red steaks.
- August 20, 2013 - 11:27
@ don't buy it : if one don't like fibers made from chemicals then don't buy it, but this shouldn't be used as an excuse for the real fur : no one is forced to wear fur anyway wether it's real or fake. If I were forced to wear fur, I would obviously chose the synthetic option because we all use things made form petrol includding you (car tires, plastic ligter, plastic bag, computers, micro fiber underwear, nylon jacket). The fur industry is very hypocrit claiming that synthetic fabrics are bad ! what about killing 60 Millions of animals ? what about those mink fur dyed in red with chemicals to imitate the aspect of fake fur ? (Dior and Celine did it this year) . Fur is an hypocrit industry
- August 19, 2013 - 12:10
I t’s very hypocrite that these people talk about “animal rights” being an “important issue” ! The best way to protect those animals is to stop breeding them and to stop the fur industry. There are so many great alternatives nowadays ! We are at a time when more and more scientist speak up for animal respect. Studies show they are capable to feel stress and pain. Some studies exposed the ecological impact of fur farming on the local environment and a study showed that even kept in cages, animals are still depressed and stressed. This is a sick industry.
- dont buy it
- August 19, 2013 - 13:47
If you don't like it then don't buy it. Stick to the chemical made clothing because they're no harm, right?
- August 18, 2013 - 20:15
This is all so depressing. Wild animals kept in wire cages their entire lives, waiting to be killed only for their fur. Food and water is not enough to make a life worth living. And *how* are they killed? It's interesting that an article supposedly focusing on welfare aspects fails to go into any details. Animals farmed for their fur are often killed by gassing or electrocution to avoid 'damage' to their pelts. The whole business is ugly and about nothing but profit.
- duh comment of the day
- August 19, 2013 - 07:48
And here is the winner for the duh comment of the day - "about nothing but profit". Farms are businesses so duh, yeah, it's about profit.
- Skeptical Cynic
- August 18, 2013 - 18:18
A hideous activity predicated on servicing a gruesome vanity. Revolting.
- Rosemary Marshall
- August 18, 2013 - 03:57
Lip service to animal welfare is not enough. These are WILD animals, the comment about foxes yelping and pressing against the back of their cages indicates fear, and the leaping around in the cages and tunnels is stereotypical activity - an attempt to adjust to the inappropriate environment. Let's face it - fur farming is about MONEY nothing else.
- August 18, 2013 - 17:33
Fox fur only looks good on a fox. When will people get it? so sad.
- August 17, 2013 - 12:18
I guess I just don't see the need for fur and it's not something I would ever support (and for the record, am not an extreme animal welfare activist). I can't help but pass judgement on your farm and those who wear fur for fashion vs. fur for function. I'm sorry, but three meals a day and water doesn't make for a good life in my books. I am glad the bar is raised high for these types of plants, as their operations have to be very transparent.
- August 17, 2013 - 11:47
Fox, mink fur etc only looks good on foxes and mink. Just sayin...
- Animal Lover
- August 17, 2013 - 10:45
What a sin. Those poor little animals. I wish I could free them all. Being bred and captured for no reason other than fur. How barbaric. You say they have good lives in getting 3 meals a day and water...well death row inmates get the same thing..how about you give that a try and see how you feel...let the animals go.
- Ford Elms
- August 17, 2013 - 09:22
It doesn't matter how much care they take of their animals. The animal rights industry will lie about them and slander them anyway. They also need to be careful of who they hire. Animal rights industry workers often get part time jobs on farms, encourage farm workers to abuse the animals, then film them doing it. An example of this is the "Ohio Dairy Farm Video" that recently was online. HSUS promoted it, Mercy for Animals staged it, but that poor farmer had to go through court proceedings to clear his name. And we all know that clearing your name in court doesn't clear your name in the media. I wish them well, but I'd advise them to keep a clear understanding of the difference between animal welfare and animal rights, and be proactive about dealing with animal rights lunatics. I mean, we're Newfoundlanders. Would any of us be surprised if IFAW made a film where they skinned silver foxes alive and tried to blame these people? It wouldn't be the first time they've done that to people from Newfoundland.