Congress must finally ban mink farming in the U.S.

Just wrong! Mink Fur Farming Hurts Animals – and Spreads Deadly COVID Variants to People

We already know that fur farming is grotesque and brutal, often involving ripping the hides and hairs off of screaming caged animals who are given no other life. Now we also know that fur farming — more specifically, farming mink — has contributed significantly to the spread of COVID-19 and its multiple variants. Many other animal species besides humans can catch the deadly disease. But unlike other non-human species, mink can then spread COVID… back to humans. By the time they do, the virus has often mutated considerably in their bodies. Mink-involved COVID outbreaks have already occurred in the U.S. multiple times.

There are more than 200 mink farms operating in the U.S., locking up these helpless furry animals and harvesting them for their pelts. Even though researchers have discovered, time and again, that mink are uniquely vulnerable to COVID infections, the U.S. government has done very little to monitor outbreaks or general animal health at these farms. Even though cases have exploded at upwards of 18 farms (that we know of so far), the U.S. government has merely asked mink farmers to please comply with voluntary guidelines.

Mink farmers have been quick to protect the secrecy at their farms, refusing to support a more standardized system of federal testing and reporting. Naturally, they’re also uninterested in working to protect these animals’ welfare and rights to kind treatment. What happens at their farms affects these caged animals — and all of us humans, too. But these fur-harvesting profit-seekers don’t seem to care. Mink fur farmers exploit and harm animals. They rebuff federal health investigations. And they allow COVID outbreaks to run rampant, creating deadly new variants that come back to infect the rest of us. Clearly the mink farming industry cannot be trusted. Sign the petition to demand the U.S. Congress shut down all fur farming in the country, now!

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