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Over three million animals are electrocuted and gassed each year in Canadian fur farms, according to Last Chance for Animals (LCA), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to eliminating animal exploitation.
Canada is one of the only modern countries that have no federal legislation governing fur farms or protecting animals used in the fur industry, according to the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council (NFAHW).
This reality could potentially lead to many loopholes to cage, torture and starve animals in inhumane conditions while still appearing to operate lawfully.
Dan Starr, a former fur farmworker who left his job to become an activist, spoke to 6ixBuzz about what he witnessed on these farms.
According to him, the treatment of the animals was nothing short of “horrendous.”
Starr worked at one of two family-owned fur farms in Langley, B.C when he started to second guess the nature of his work.
“Doors of cages being purposefully closed on animal’s limbs, animals mutilating each other due to the small confinements they are kept in, water lines being completely frozen so animals don’t have access to water, animals with open wounds that are not receiving any medical attention, animals being thrown into shed structures out of frustrations by workers,” he said.
Starr also told us that when the animals would bite workers, they would bite them right back or spray them with pressurized water in retaliation.
He also says when animals underwent botched carbon monoxide poisonings, they would have their necks broken to kill them.
Taimoor Choudhry, the director of Real Fur, a documentary on Canadian fur farms, spoke to 6ixBuzz about the concerning conditions animals were exposed to.
“Unfortunately, dozens of fur farms continue to kill minks, foxes, chinchillas and other animals in Ontario, but getting accurate numbers is difficult as the industry is largely unregulated at the federal level,” Choudhry said.
Now, with COVID-19 being a major public health issue, even more of the minks and foxes are being killed to stop the spread of diseases in the farms.
“As minks can spread COVID, these compounds are major public health liabilities,” Choudhry said.
Without enough proper equipment to put down the affected minks, employees use makeshift objects like plastic buckets to put minks in and add in lethal gases which suffocate them.
Many people took to the streets of Toronto in November of last year to protest these corporate practices and call for a fur-free world.
You can contribute and sign a petition to support the cause and help ban fur farms across Canada using this link.
6ixBuzz reached out to the family-owned fur farm about the allegations against them and received no response.