Tell your U.S. Senators to ban the inhumane, dangerous practice of fur farming of mink!

Target: United States Senate

We know that keeping mink in small cages and killing them for their fur is inhumane and unnecessary.  Just about all of the major retailers in the U.S. and Europe stopped selling fur.

There is one more very good reason to shut down U.S.-based mink farms. Among non-human animals, mink are uniquely susceptible to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and the only ones who contract the disease from people and spill it back to them. In Europe and the U.S., there have been 450 mink farms with outbreaks of this virus, spawning three variants.

USDA reported 1.4 million mink pelts sold in 2020, with a value of $47 million. It is entirely an export market, with nearly all pelts sold to high-end consumers in China. China’s elites get the coats and, in practical terms, they outsource the viral risk to our homeland.  We continue to house them on factory farms to generate a luxury product that few people want or need and that generates negligible income for a few dozen farmers. This is why the House of Representatives has voted to ban the practice and why the Senate must follow suit.

Add your name to tell your U.S. Senators to join the U.S. House and adopt a ban on the inhumane, virally dangerous trade in mink kept on factory farms in more than half a dozen states!

Mink are wild, solitary, territorial, and aggressive carnivores. Housing them in groups in small cages produces terrible stress to the animals and even cannibalism. Putting animals through this to sell mink pelts to Chinese elites who do not need these coats is disgraceful!

Sign your name to call on the Senate to follow the House’s lead and ban mink farming throughout the United States!