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Finland, the world’s largest fox fur producer, called on to ban fur farming

Posted: 18 February 2010. Updated: 5 September 2017


A new undercover video on the fur industry entitled ‘Bloody Harvest – the real cost of fur’ has been released today revealing horrific conditions at 30 fur sites in Finland.

The report and video are being launched in Helsinki by ADI and Finnish animal protection group Oikeutta Eläimille today (18th February) with ADI’s Alexandra Cardenas addressing the press conference. Tomorrow ADI and Oikeutta Eläimille will present the findings to the Finnish Parliament with a call to ban fur farming in Finland – several other countries, including the UK, have already banned fur farming.

The harrowing exposé includes: animals with open and infected wounds; obvious signs of untreated infection; eyes infected or missing; tails bitten off; deformed and damaged legs; overgrowing gum disease resulting in
difficulty eating and drinking; babies with legs stuck through the mesh floor of the cage; dilapidated and dangerous caging and facilities; widespread animal suffering and neglect; empty, unclean and broken water

The video shows that claims by the Finnish Fur Breeders Association that “All fur animals in Finland are bred in a manner honouring their well-being,” simply do not reflect the reality and the suffering of these animals.

The London launch by ADI coincides with the start of London Fashion Week tomorrow (Friday 19th February) and aims to bring designers face to face with the reality of fur, in particular fox fur, the market for which is
dominated by Finnish producers.

ADI Chief Executive, Jan Creamer said: “It’s really disappointing to see fur making a comeback on the fashion catwalks. At New York Fashion Week several designers featured fur and London promises to be the same. Some in the fashion industry have chosen to close their eyes and hearts to the truth about fur production. This investigation is a wake-up call – it is no longer acceptable to ignore the suffering, and designers must take responsibility for the way that their fur is produced. Customers of designers who use fur will be appalled to discover just how inhumane and cruelly animals whose skin is used in these collections are treated. We sincerely hope the report provides everyone with the evidence they need to make a truly informed choice about using real fur for fashion.”

Fur Facts

The pelts of up to 15-20 foxes or 60-80 mink are required to make a fur coat. Although in the wild foxes live on average for 3-4 years (but can live up to 10 or even 15 years) and mink live on average 8-10 years, the lifespan of mink and fox bred for fur is only 8 months as this is the optimum timeframe for the harvesting of fur. Breeding animals produce babies each year. Babies born without the prerequisite pelt quality are killed immediately.

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