write to the European parliament 

Make your voice heard in Brussels so that politicians understand that there is a real will and momentum among their constituents to outlaw the cruel practice of mink farming across Europe.  The most powerful way is to use your own words in a letter but we also provide a template with the main points.  Please send your letter to:

Janusz Wojciechowski MEP

President of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals

European Parliement
Bât. Altiero Spinelli
60, rue Wiertz / Wiertzstraat 60
B-1047 Bruxelles/Brussels

Draft Letter :

Dear Mr Wojciechowski,

I write to you in your capacity as President of the European Parliement’s Intergroup on Animal Welfare and Conservation to ask for your help in achieving a European Union-wide ban on fur farming. 

The practice of fur farming is widely acknowledged to be cruel.  Yet there are approximately 6000 fur farms in Europe.  Animals on fur farms are confined in cramped and often dirty wire cages.  Fur farms are known to use the cheapest and often the cruellest killing methods, including suffocation, electrocution, gas and poison.

There is particular concern about animals such as mink being farmed under these   conditions.  Compared with other farmed animals, mink have been subjected to very little active selection (other than for fur characteristics) and therefore are especially unsuited for captive environments.   As the European Commission’s own Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare (SCAHAW) concluded in its 2001 report, "The Welfare of Animals Kept for Fur Production":

“...these species, in comparison with other farm animals, have been subjected to relatively little active selection, except with respect to fur characteristics. There has thus been only a limited amount of selection for tameness and adaptability to captive environments.” 

The result of this is behaviour such as self-mutilation, pacing on cage walls and repetitive circling or nodding of their heads.

A major concern is that although some countries such as the UK and Austria have moved to ban fur farming, it is still legal in many European countries.  This means that companies practicing fur farming can simply move their sites from one country to another which has not yet enforced a ban.  A recent example of this is a Dutch company who, when faced with a likely ban in the Netherlands, simply moved their operations to Romania.

The practice of fur farming is sufficiently cruel in both the conditions in which the animals live and also those in which they die that I believe this is an issue on which the European Parliament should take leadership on.

Please work with your colleagues at the European Parliament's Intergroup on the Welfare and Conservation of Animals to do all you can to ban fur farming in Europe. 

Thank you for your kind attention in this matter.