Norwegia: Fermy futrzarskie - Lies of the Fur Industry (2/2)

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Another episode I remember well
is a fox we met with a seriously broken bone.
This was a mature breeding vixen.
She was probably 4 or 5 years old.
We saw how exhausted and tired the animal was.
She paced and limped on the broken leg,
and her other legs
were deformed from life in the cage.
It looked as though the limb had been broken a long time.
It’s hard to determine whether for years or for months.
I have never seen such an exhausted animal.
She looked as though she had completely resigned,
and reacted to almost nothing.
It deeply affected me.
The Animal Rights Paragraph states that animal instincts and
natural necessities must be taken into consideration
so that they are not at risk of unnecessary suffering.
The Network for Animal Freedom’s documentation
proves that animals in Norwegian fur farms suffer.
In many places, activists found animals
with acutely serious, untreated injuries
that showed long-term neglect
and no medical treatment.
Due to stress, frustration, and far too little space
it is not uncommon for the animals in the fur industry
to begin gnawing themselves or each other.
Instances of gnawed off tails
or ears were common.
On certain farms,
half the minks had gnawed-off ears.
Animals with large, untreated wounds were not uncommon.
Many of the animals had large and acute
bite wounds on various parts of their bodies.
Infanticide is a significant problem in the fur industry.
The mothers are in a very stressed situation
without the possibility to retreat
and protect their children.
This is one of the reasons that many bite
or kill their own pups,
something that inspections confirm.
It was not uncommon to find dead pups in the cages
or around farms.
Eye infections and untreated gum diseases
were widespread.
Animals with broken, lame,
or eaten off limbs were also found.
Many of the foxes had deformed paws and claws
which restricted their freedom of movement.
Most of the animals showed clear signs of stress
and at times, extreme fear of humans.
Many had developed
serious mental behavior disorders
as a result of being caged.
Stereotypical behavior or apathy
was observed at all of the inspected farms.
“No country in the world can boast a larger effort to improve fur animals’ well-being than Norway.”
- Sven Gil Westersjø. Advisor, The Norwegian Fur Breeders’ Association
Stereotypical behavior is very common.
You see it at all the farms.
It seems as though the animals are either apathetic
or have stereotypical behavior.
Meaning that they run back and forth
and jump up and down in the cage.
There are some that never stop.
I saw a fox that just jumped up and down
and just would never relax.
They never get to rest. They have no place to hide.
They have no stimuli at all,
they step and step on the mesh floor.
They often have many wounds on their feet
but even the animals that look healthy
also look extremely frightened.
When one approaches the animals, looks them it the eyes,
one can recognize that feeling.
We know what it's like to be frustrated and afraid.
A unified, international animal rights movement
has for years worked towards abolishing fur farming.
Resistance towards fur farming is large.
In a survey performed by Opinion,
72% answered that they were opposed to the fur industry.
According to another survey, half replied
that they found it important
to work against the fur industry in Norway.
Official institutions have
also expressed criticism towards the fur industry.
During a lawsuit where the fur industry
was sued by an animal welfare group,
the court concluded in their verdict
that fur farming is unethical.
The Council for Animal Ethic states
that if one places deciding emphasis on animals’ well-being,
then today’s fur industry is indefensible
and should therefore be abolished.
During work with the Animals Rights Paragraph in the 70’s
the Norwegian parliament considered fur farming indefensible
as long as there were alternative methods
of producing warm clothing.
In 2012 the Norwegian parliament will consider
the abolition of fur farming
as it was presented in Parliament statement 12, 2002.
Many European countries have already
agreed on bans on fur farming,
or set in place such strict rules
that it is no longer economically viable.
In Sweden and The Netherlands, fox farms are banned.
In Denmark, a similar ban is being discussed.
Great Britain, Ireland, and Austria
have introduced bans on fur farming.
Switzerland has dismantled it's fur farms,
and Italy has introduced laws that in practice
mean the end of mink farms.
Isn’t it about time
that Norwegian authorities follows?
“In closing I would like to challenge everyone wondering what fur farming is really about
to take a visit to one of the fur farms in your local environment.” -Ingebjørg Myrstad-Nilsen. Information Assistant, The Norwegian Fur Breeders’ Association
One of the foxes that made biggest impression on me
and that I don’t think I’ll ever forget...
...I don’t know where to begin.
He had wounds from his head to his tail.
He had open sores on his feet,
and ear that hung from his head
and around his ear and across his entire face,
he was covered in a mess of pus and blood.
When I was there the animals had just been fed.
It made an impression on me.
Someone had been there and seen him,
but still decided to just walk on.
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