David Suzuki and a group of four other scientists are calling on British Columbia to end fur farming in the face of ongoing animal welfare issues, as well as the growing concerns surrounding mink and the pandemic.
In a letter addressed to Lana Popham, B.C.’s Minister of Agriculture and Katrine Conroy, B.C.’s Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources and Rural Development, the scientists list three concerns that they state are reason enough to end fur farming in the province:
- Mink farms are risking the spread and mutation of SARS-CoV-2 among people.
- Mink farms risk wildlife populations.
- Mink farming raises serious animal welfare concerns.
The letter details the concerns behind each of their listed points and points to publicly stated government goals, as well as recent news and research related to the dangers now known to be inherent in fur farming. The letter recommends ending fur farming, which aligns with public opinion on killing animals for their fur, and aiding farmers into new industries.
The letter, dated January 11, was distributed to media on Monday, January 18. It was signed by Dr. Ken Langelier, a veterinarian, Dr. Daniel Coombs, a mathematics professor, Dr. Sarah Otto, a Professor of Zoology, Dr. Ian Duncan, an animal welfare expert, and Dr. David Suzuki, a well-known environmentalist and educator.