London 3 November 2022 – In the coming weeks, the bloody 'fur harvest' on European fur farms will begin. Three foxes and two raccoon dogs escaped this fate on a Polish fur farm: On 2 November they arrived at their new species-appropriate home at TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary in Maßweiler, Germany, run by global animal welfare organisation FOUR PAWS.
Millions of fur animals still suffer in tiny cages on fur farms in Poland, Finland, Lithuania and all other fur-producing EU countries before they are cruelly killed. In campaigning for a #FurFreeBritain, we hope to end the UK's complicity in this cruelty.
"Fur is an unnecessary luxury product produced under cruel conditions that is not en vogue anymore. Yet millions of mink, foxes and raccoon dogs continue to suffer in horrific conditions before being killed for their fur to be used for fashion items. Fur farms violate even the most basic animal welfare standards. The animals live piled upon each other in filthy cages. They have no space to hide and no opportunity to live out their natural behaviours. The fur industry neglects the animals’ wellbeing because it only cares about exploiting their commercial value," says Thomas Pietsch, FOUR PAWS expert on wildlife in the entertainment and textile industry.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, fur farming has also become a matter of public health. Almost 450 mink farms in the EU reported COVID-19 outbreaks amongst their animals and about 20 million mink had to be culled to protect human health. These outbreaks urged countries like The Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, Ireland, Sweden to take drastic measures and suspend or ban fur farming, some of which have recently lifted the bans.
"We are glad that we can spare these animals a cruel fate and give them a species-appropriate life here with us at TIERART. So far, these animals have only known tiny wire cages and fear of death. We will now house them temporarily in adaption enclosures so they can learn to move around in a natural environment. We will do our utmost to help them forget the horrors of their life so far.”
Florian Eiserlo, Operations Manager of TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary and wildlife expert at FOUR PAWS
Rescued animals are ambassadors for change
The two raccoon dogs, Asami and Emi, as well as foxes Skadi, Mala and Samara have found a species-appropriate home at TIERART Wild Animal Sanctuary. The five animals were bred for fur production and would likely have been killed in the next harvest season. While millions of animals still suffer for the fur industry, the five rescued animals are ambassadors for a historic chance for change in favour of animal welfare.
Campaigning for a #FurFreeBritain
Along with HSI UK, we're calling on the UK Government to ban the sale and import of all fur in the UK.
Every year over 100 million animals are subjected to horrendous cruelty, for no other reason than to provide fur to the fashion industry and while the UK no longer allows fur farming, importing fur into, and selling it in, the country is still legal. This makes the UK complicit in the outdated cruelty of fur farming.