The Dutch parliament has ruled that all fur farms that were shut down in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic will not be allowed to reopen.
The virus had spread throughout the mink population nationally causing concern that it could worsen the outbreak.
Infections were found at more than at least a dozen mink farms in the Netherlands requiring the murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent mink.
“All mink breeding farms where there is an infection will be cleared, and farms, where there are no infections, won’t be,” spokeswoman Frederique Hermie told the Guardian.
Sentient Media published the latest data showing that almost 600,00 mink from over a dozen farms were murdered to stop the spread of the ever-growing coronavirus. Sadly far more death is expected to follow in the coming weeks.
The first cases of infected mink began to pop up in early April and Dutch authorities identified that these mink were in fact infected by the farmworkers.
It’s known that at least two humans actually became infected from their contact with the minks but they are as of the writing of this article the only known cases of animal-to-human infection according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
In 2015 the Dutch parliament reinstated a previous bill from 2012 that would end fur farming in the country by 2024. Now thanks to the coronavirus it’s happening even earlier.
With the closure of all fur farms in the country now assured the exact closure dates are being discussed but have yet to be announced.
Given the mass killing of the minks due to the infection rates it is sure to happen quickly before more humans are infected by the deadly virus that has destroyed lives and economies worldwide.
Despite the large mass murders of minks, Dutch MPs “overwhelmingly voted in favor of shutting down the estimated 128 remaining mink farms in the Netherlands following the outbreak of Covid-19,” the Humane Society International said in a statement.
Politicians “voted in favor of the early closure of farms with compensation to be paid to fur farmers to end the practice earlier than the (original) phase-out date of 31 December 2023,” they added.
As one of the world’s top fur producers (particularly mink) for many decades, the Netherlands is taking a historic stand against the cruelty of fur farming especially when you consider that in 2018 more than 4.5 million mink were farmed at outrageous profits.
Programs over the years like the Welfur program instituted by the EU to monitor the condition of animals on fur farms little success has been achieved in changing the public’s view on the barbaric practices that come with the fur industry.
That combined with fur falling out of fashion not only with the public with many well-known fashion brands like Gucci, Karl Lagerfeld, Calvin Klein, Aquatalia, Kenneth Cole, Ellen Tracy, Juicy Couture, Frye, Spyder, Tahari, Jones New York, Sean John, Goats, Dakine, Katy Perry, Karen Millen, Taryn Rose and many others assure that fur is soon to be a cruelty of the past.
Peta (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) early in 2020 actually retired their decades-long animal rights campaign “Fur Is Dead”.
The organization announced the long-running campaign as a victory as the overwhelming majority of fashion brands, retailers, labels and other clothing manufacturers have banned fur from their clothing lines and stores.
Just last year California became the first state in the United States to ban fur trapping and production just after one of its major cities San Fransisco banned the sale of fur in the city limits.
By the end of this year (2020) Macy’s the largest department store in the United States with over 900 stores in more than 40 states has put out a statement saying they will stop selling all fur items at both their department stores and outlets by the end of the year.
That commitment by Macy’s Inc. is aisles going to apply to their Macy’s Backstage and Bloomingdale’s The Outlets stores by the end of this year as well.
“We are calling for the 24 countries around the world that still allow mink farming to very rapidly evaluate the situation and evidence coming out of the Netherlands,” Clair Bass, the executive director of the Humane Society International told the Guardian.
While many countries have limited or outright banned fur farming the top producers of fur for the industry which include Poland, Denmark, Finland, and most notoriously China are the leaders in the production of fur.
It’s estimated that over 100 million animals from fox, raccoon, mink, to yes even dogs are murdered every single year for their fur.
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