200 mink dead, BC SPCA speaks out against mink farming

Mink in B.C. fur farms live in small, wire-bottomed cages, lined up by the hundreds in open air sheds. This photo from 2014.

The BC SPCA is speaking out against mink fur farming and called for a moratorium on all related activities as 200 mink died, all tested mink showed positive results, and eight workers tested positive for coronavirus on a single Fraser Valley mink farm.

“Mink themselves also stand to suffer from SARS-CoV-2, as unlike other animals who have contracted the virus and show little-to-no symptoms, mink can become sick and die when infected,” says Geoff Urton, BC SPCA General Manager. “At this time, the practice of mink farming is at odds with the Animal Health Act due to the close contact between farmed mink and farm staff.”

The BC SPCA is urging supporters to take part in a campaign calling for a moratorium on mink farming; you can do so by clicking here.

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CTV News has repeatedly reported that the B.C. government is refusing to release the name of the farm where the outbreak occurred, though authorities did so with poultry plants and other businesses recently.

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