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Violations uncovered in Estonian fur farm

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Аuthor: Evija Trifanova/LETAEstonian media got a hold of last year’s secret video footage of the Karjakilas village based fur farm. The footage features animal welfare violations. The fur farm in Karjakilas village is the only one in Estonia and the largest in the Baltics.

The Loomade nimel animal rights association’s published snapshot and video footage depicts animals that are being kept in very small cages. Some of the animals appear to be injured as well. The footage shows some animals with injured tails and eyes, as well as other health problems.

There are approximately 150 000 mink, 22 000 foxes and 1 500 raccoons held at the Karjakilas fur farm. Also, the Balti Karusnahk company, which owns the fur farm, has been working without a special mink farming license since 2010, as reported by Animal freedom association.

“This footage is shocking. But the things depicted there is not something out of the ordinary. Similar things are noted in footage shot in fur farms of other European countries (Finland and Denmark). These regularly uncovered violations are not related to just some specific fur farm – it is a typical characteristic of the industry. Seeing as how making a profit is a priority for fur farms, making sure the animals are kept in good conditions is not only not in their interest, but is also impossible”, – Loomade nimel representative Kristina Meringa comments the situation.

Representatives of the organization believe it to be necessary to inform society about the real conditions at fur farms, because most of society has no idea as to what is really going on. This industry also contributes to the needless exploitation of animals in order to produce products that are no longer needed. A signature collecting campaign has been initiated in Estonia to try and ban the fur farms for good.

Fur farms are already banned in multiple countries: Britain, Austria, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Netherlands and Slovenia. Other countries (Denmark, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland) have strict welfare rules or partial restrictions. 70 000 residents have signed the fur farm ban petition in Finland. This matter will soon be reviewed by the parliament.

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