Surprise inspection leads to charges on Norwegian fur farm

mink farm in Canada MakeFurHistoryA fur farmer in Norway is facing criminal charges following an unannounced visit and subsequent raid by the country’s animal protection authorities.

NewsinEnglish.no – a website that translates Norwegian news – has stated that the state broadcaster, NRK, reported the inspection came following a tip of “horrible” conditions mink were facing on the farm.

The violations were so numerous that Mattilsyent (the food and animal agency, similar to Ministry of Agriculture in Canada) required assistance from police. The various maladies included open sores and visible illness, the officials stated, and there were allegedly not enough cages to meet the needs of the 30,000 mink on the farm. By Tuesday evening, officials had euthanized 74 mink due to extreme suffering.

Members of the Norwegian Liberal party – a minority in their parliament – want to see an end to all fur farming in the country. One Liberal party member told NRK that they are “disappointed that people can treat animals in this manner. We have long been clear that we want to phase out fur farming. We don’t think wild animals should be kept in cages.”

This case is further evidence that despite assurances from the industry, and despite the one “clean” farm they herald to the media, cruelty and inhumane treatment is a fact on fur farms around the world. The best way to stop this is to not buy fur of any kind and help us #MakeFurHistory.

Photo of mink on a Canadian mink farm


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