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Fur farms are revolting places filled with sick, stressed animals. Unable to engage in natural behaviour, sensitive animals often go mad from the confinement. As a result, some mutilate themselves, chewing on their own legs or tails. At the end of their short lives, they are killed in gruesome ways. Workers poison, gas, electrocute, or drown them or even skin them alive.
Fur farms also pose a serious public health risk. When animals are confined next to each other in wire cages, it's easy for diseases to spread through the exchange of urine, excrement, pus, and blood. As minks are particularly susceptible to respiratory illnesses, mink farms around the world are becoming dangerous breeding grounds for diseases and have been identified as COVID-19 hotspots. A mutated version of the virus that originated in minks has now been identified in several countries and poses a risk to the effectiveness of future vaccines. Other species reared on fur farms – such as foxes and raccoon dogs – are also known to be able to become infected with SARS-CoV–related viruses.
Nobody needs fur coats, pom-poms, or other frivolous fashion items, but we do need an effective vaccine for COVID-19. While recent London Fashion Week events have been fur-free, the BFC has yet to pledge that the fur of tortured animals will never be paraded on its catwalks again. Please join us in calling on the BFC to adopt an official fur-free policy immediately.