It is estimated that there are over 200 fur farms in Canada. These so-called 'farms' are large scale industrial operations that confine foxes and mink in small wire cages. Other animals that can be found on fur farms include rabbits, chinchillas and raccoon dogs and bobcats are also raised on fur farms.
The vast majority of fur farms in Canada are for mink and fox, two non-domesticated species of animals who still have all their wild instincts in tact. They spend their short, miserable lives trapped in tiny wire cages stacked together in long sheds, where they eat, sleep, urinate and defecate. In order to avoid damaging the fur, animals are killed by gassing or anal electrocution. There are currently no laws regulating the keeping, handling or killing of cage-raised fur-bearing animals in Canada. Regulations are entirely voluntary.
But luckily attitudes towards fur are continuing to change. Maclean’s magazine noted in a 2009 article that “there’s never been a better time to be a Canadian mink”, referring to the attitude of the average Canadian, whose ongoing refusal to wear or support fur is growing. While this is a welcome progression, it remains imperative that we share the truth about fur farms with Canadians.
Getting the numbers right isn't easy: in every jurisdiction, fur farms fall under a different regulatory body. But we've searched high and low to get the best estimates on fur farm statistics internationally - including in Canada. This guide will be updated twice per year. If you're aware of any updates we haven't included, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can make the necessary additions.
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