Raised on fur farms and cramped in small cages, animals such as minks and foxes endure all weather extremes. For semi-aquatic animals like minks, hot summers can be particularly stressful because they have no access to open water.
While there are no official records, one fur industry publication is reporting that this summer’s heat wave came at a critical time when the kits (mink babies) were starting to ween. Under such extreme heat, minks tend not to eat so some are speculating the losses must have been high.
Sadly, the laws in Canada pertaining to fur farms are weak and are full of loop holes.
The best way you can help animals suffering on fur farms is to stop wearing fur and make a commitment to never buy fur or fur trim. This is animal cruelty we can stop.
According to the International Fur Trade Federation, over 85% of the global fur trade is supplied by fur farms.
Each year in Canada, over 2.6 minks are raised and killed on fur farms.