Northern Europe will soon get a lot of mink coats

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  1. kazenatsu

    kazenatsu Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    First, I say this with a lot of irony, because Northern Europe is the place where wearing a mink coat would be the most politically incorrect. Super progressive place with the busy-body governments passing all sorts of laws to protect animals.


    Denmark to cull 15 million Minks

    The Danish government said that a majority in parliament backed its decision to cull the country's 15 million minks over concerns about a mutated version of the virus that has spread among the animals

    The government had announced the cull despite not having the right to order the killing of healthy animals, an embarrassing misstep that caused it to scramble to build political consensus for a new law.

    The one-party Social Democratic, minority government made a deal late Monday with four left-leaning and center parties to support a law proposal that would allow for the culling of all mink, including those outside northern Denmark where infections have been found. The law proposal also bans mink farming until the end of 2021.

    "There is now an agreement that will take care of that," Mogens Jensen, the agriculture minister, told parliament. "I would like to apologize to the Danish mink breeders that it was not made clear that there was no legal basis."

    It was unclear when a parliamentary vote would take place.

    The mutated version of the coronavirus found among the mink can be transmitted to people, though there is no evidence so far that it is more dangerous or resistant to vaccines. Earlier this month, authorities said that 11 people were sickened by it.
    Danish government gets backing for plan to cull minks | St. Louis business news | stltoday.com

    Sounds like a little bit of paranoia here.
    But all those slaughtered minks should allow for the availability of many fur hides to make expensive luxury coats.


    The country of Norway, for instance, introduced a law to ban fur farming in 2018 that will fully phase into effect and completely ban existing fur farms entirely by 2025.
    Denmark in 2007 passed a law to improve the welfare of fur-bearing animals on fur farms, and in 2009 passed a law to ban fox farming, with will not fully phase into effect until 2023.
    Sweden passed an Animal Protection Ordinance in 1995 that prohibited caging foxes, requires those animals to have the opportunity to be active, to dig, and to socialize with other foxes. As a result of the ordinance, combined with the much higher cost of labor in Sweden, fox farming no longer became economically viable, and the fur farms soon all shut down.
    Germany passed stricter animal welfare regulations in 2017, which made raising minks financially nonviable to farmers. As a result of those regulations and pressure from the public, the country's last fur farmer got out of the business in 2019.
    The UK banned fur farming in 2000, also including Scotland and Northern Ireland in 2002. As of 2020, the UK is considering banning the sale of furs.

    (source for information: The Complete List of Fur Bans Around the World | PETA )
     
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    kazenatsu Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    That is, unless these progressives are just senseless enough to burn all these valuable carcasses because they hate fur clothing and what it represents, and would rather no one get a fur coat, even though no additional animals would have to be killed.
     
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    Good that the industry is being closed down all over Europe, not that there will be more fur coats.
    Mink cause all sorts of problems to indigenous species when they escape from these farms.
    The last mink farms here in Suffolk shut down in the mid '80s but they are still at large.
    We had one here on the farm this year. It was caught on one of the wildlife cameras. Who knows what damage it did the the local bird population.
    They are not native to Europe and have no natural predators.
    Kill them all and never bring them back.
     
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    kazenatsu Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    Would you be okay with a mink farm if the farm was required to take adequate precautions to ensure there was no possibility of any minks escaping? With independent verification.
    How about farming minks in a climate in some other part of the world where there would be no risk of them becoming an invasive species if they escaped?
     
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    No. I think it is senseless cruelty to cage animals and raise them for fur for the sake of fashion.
     
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    kazenatsu Well-Known Member Past Donor

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    And what if you're already killing them anyway. Don't you think it makes sense in that case to use their fur?

    Seems like an awful waste to just burn these animals' carcasses and not utilize them for luxurious coats.
     
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    Gotta love the times we're living in. Mink gloves on sale in 3...2...1...
     

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