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EDITORIAL – Moratorium on mink farms? No, let’s ban them, period

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An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.

HUMANS AREN’T THE ONLY ONES being affected by COVID-19. Several mink have been found to be infected with the disease at a B.C. mink farm at which eight workers have also tested positive.

Reports say 200 mink have died at the farm, though it’s unclear whether COVID-19 is the direct cause. We also know that some 2.5 million mink have been destroyed in Denmark in a desperate attempt to contain an outbreak.

The B.C. SPCA is now calling for a moratorium on mink farming in the province. Moratorium? The question needs to be asked, why is mink farming even a thing? And since when is it “farming”?

Mink are raised in tiny cages until they’re ready for slaughter to put on the backs of spoiled rich people who have no concept of what goes into producing the coats they’re wearing.

According to the B.C.-based Lifeforce Foundation, there are more than 1.6 million animals on 221 Canadian mink farms and 106 fox farms.

In B.C. there are 15 mink farms, three fox farms and three chinchilla farms, the animal-rights group says. Lifeforce says mink and fox raised in captivity for their fur “exhibit abnormal, neurotic behaviours such as restless pacing, mutilations and cannibalism.”

The trapping and killing of wild animals for their fur is bad enough but so-called “farming” of animals that have never felt the freedom of the way they were meant to live is particular offensive.

We humans seem to have an insatiable appetite for treating other species with appalling neglect and cruelty but, according to the SPCA, a poll in 2018 showed that 85 per cent of British Columbians oppose the practice of raising and killing mink. These creatures should be recognized not as a fashion accessory but for the sentient beings they are.

A moratorium is temporary. The ban should be permanent. It’s time these so-called “farms” are legislated out of existence.

Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at mrothenburger@armchairmayor.ca.

About Mel Rothenburger (8563 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

4 Comments on EDITORIAL – Moratorium on mink farms? No, let’s ban them, period

  1. Jennie Stadnichuk // December 19, 2020 at 10:13 PM // Reply

    I agree with your editorial Mel, but I have a question. Minks are currently raised in these tiny inhumane cages, but is this the new (modern so called farming method)? Were they always raised in domestic ‘farms’ similar to this? or were they once trapped in the wild? Pardon my ignorance on trapping history.

  2. Don Howieson // December 19, 2020 at 2:58 PM // Reply

    “Mink are raised in tiny cages until they’re ready for slaughter to put on the backs of spoiled rich people who have no concept of what goes into producing the coats they’re wearing.” The rich probably do know, they just do not care. I agree, ban these atrocities.

  3. Ian MacKenzie // December 18, 2020 at 6:40 AM // Reply

    I’ll give it a double AMEN!

  4. Amen, in spades. P.graham

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