Target: Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Goal: Shut down all factory fur farms in Canada and outlaw the farming and manufacturing of fur products
A recent SPCA investigation at a mink fur farm in Montreal has led to public outcry in Canada for an official ban on the practice. The circumstances at the farm were significant enough that charges were filed against its owner. Fur farming is reprehensible and entirely unnecessary. Several cities, states, and countries have already outlawed the manufacturing of fur products. The people of Canada are ready and the time is now to finally put a stop to fur farming.
Footage of the farm was obtained by the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals and included several other fur farms across Canada. The media soon began reporting on the video and Canadians were shocked at the overwhelming amount of suffering. More than anything, the video revealed to the public that factory fur farming is a national problem.
The fur industry has always been, and will always be, fraught with cruelty and suffering. Hundreds of wild animals are stuffed in wire enclosures so small that they cannot move, let alone engage in important natural behaviors. Many of these animals are meant to spend their entire lives swimming or burrowing and completely stripping them of their natural behaviors causes severe psychological problems that often lead to self-harm.
The majority of animals at fur farms are also skinned alive. The reality of the fur industry is that the only chance these animals have at escaping an immeasurable amount of suffering is death. Sadly, this too is almost always a cruel act. Those that aren’t skinned alive will be killed with carbon monoxide, a broken neck, or anal electrocution.
Fur farming also causes considerable damage to the environment. On average, fur farms produce more greenhouse gasses, contribute more to water and soil pollution, and ozone depletion, than any other textile production process. This is largely because chemicals such as chromium, tar, and cyanide are used to keep the fur from biodegrading once it is harvested.
Several countries, including Austria, Croatia and the United Kingdom, have already banned fur farming. Please sign the petition below and demand that Canada shut down its fur farms and outlaw the industry.
Dear Minister Ritz,
Recent investigations by the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals revealed the absolutely horrific conditions at several factory fur farms throughout Canada. Video footage from one in particular made media headlines and has many Canadians demanding a ban on fur products.
Several countries have already outlawed fur production and sales because it is an unimaginably cruel and unnecessary industry in which the only hope for the animals is death. Now is the time. Please ban fur production in Canada.
[Your Name Here]
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