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An inspection/intervention on a Montérégie Mink and Fox farm last week has created much concern after it was decided that it was that the majority of the animals would continue to remain at the site.
The living conditions in which these wild animals had to endure were said to be horrible and many reportedly had no access to fresh water or food.
The SPCA was reported to believe that several animals died on this farm for lack of care. About 80 foxes and 10,000 minks are supposedly kept in tiny cages on the property. It was also said that perhaps only four foxes and mink were actually seized that day.
Amanda Devine of the SPCA “Really, if you can imagine what hell is like, that is what these animals are living in. It’s hell, We’re talking about horrific, horrific conditions. It’s absolutely unacceptable.”
Devine said the animals are “sitting on top of each other” in tight spaces and walking on floors that cut their feet. The SPCA also said excrement was piling up in cages, and that animals didn’t have access to clean water or medical care.
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Earlier this week a spokesperson with The Ministry of Forests, Wildlife and Parks said the animals are “unfortunately bred for the fur industry and all urgent issues at the farm have been dealt with.”
Laurent Lessard, assured that officers wildlife protection intervened “in order to stop the abuse and restore the situation “and that” they will continue to do so regularly in the coming weeks to confirm that the living conditions of animals continues to improve.
Fur farms in Quebec are not regulated and most of them don’t need permits to function. Alan Herscovici with the Fur Council stated “The only way to have a good quality fur is to give the animals excellent, excellent care,” he says.He says the industry has a code of conduct which it takes very seriously.
An outcry for the removal of the remaining animals and further suspension of the Fur trade activity on that farm has been rapidly propagating online by citizens and animal activists alike. It has also led to an online petition at petitions24.net that with 10,000 names thus far.
Social media and animal activist related websites are now sharing information about a planned protest to be held at the Saint-Jude (Québec) farm this coming Saturday. They are requesting all potential protesters follow a dress code of all black in order to symbolize their mourning for the animals.